By Terry Lehrke, News Editor
Area residents are in for a treat Saturday, July 6, when country artist Josh Thompson comes to Morrison County — specifically the city of Genola. He will headline the first annual “Pierz Freedom Fest.”
The Pierz Commercial Club is sponsoring the event that will also feature local band “Loose Talk” and “2 Mile Final” as entertainment during the afternoon.
The event will be held at the Genola ball fields, about one mile south of Pierz on Highway 25. Gates open at 3 p.m. Loose Talk will perform at 4 p.m. and after a brief intermission, 2 Mile Final will perform at 6 p.m.
Thompson will make his appearance at 10 p.m. Thompson has recorded such songs as, “Way Out Here,” “Beer on the Table,” “Blame It on Waylon,” “Won’t Be Lonely Long” and “Comin’ Around.” Thompson will also perform his new release at the event.
Throughout the afternoon, food and beverages will be served, some camping will be available and guests are asked to bring their own chairs.
Tickets are available in advance online at pierzmn.org, at the following businesses in Pierz: Red’s Auto, JM Speedstop, Vet’s Superstop, Clothesline, City Hall, Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Unity Bank; in Little Falls at RadioShack and Little Falls Radio, or at the gate. VIP tickets are also available.
Because camping areas are filled to capacity for the weekend, shuttle buses will be provided from other areas.
Shuttle buses will run on the hour from Patrick’s Bar and Grill and Bootlegger’s Bar in Pierz; Red Rooster Bar in Genola and Bottom’s Up Saloon in Buckman. The buses will transport people both to and from the event.
“We’re trying to have a sober ride from the event, have people come in and out of there safely,” said Scott Saehr, a member of the Pierz Area Commercial Club.
As added safety, signs will alert drivers that traffic will be heavy and to slow down on Highway 25 because of the event ahead.
“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, a first-time event for Pierz,” said Saehr. “It’s something that was always brought up and never actually pursued. It’s an opportunity for us to have some music and another community event in Pierz.”
For more information, call Pierz City Hall at (320) 468-6471 or visit pierzmn.org and click on the “Freedom Fest” tab.