September 2017 Around Town 3

Freedom Fest 2017 
Attracts 10,000 Attendees

The fifth annual Hoover Freedom Fest Fourth of July celebration was a huge success this year with an estimated 10,000 attendees. Festivities included a classic and sports car show that displayed some awesome rides and tons of children activities and games. Guests also appreciated hilarious entertainment from the ZOOperstars!, an inflatable mascots group that entertains fans of all ages. Live gospel and soul music by the Blind Boys of Alabama, a group that has been performing for more than 70 years, was a crowd pleaser just before the jaw dropping 20-minute fireworks display that brought the unspoiled evening to an end.

Oldest Triathlon 
Honoring Buster Britton

On June 10, athletes from all over turned out to compete in one of Alabama’s oldest triathlons. The Buster Britton Triathlon, which was held at Oak Mountain State Park, entails a 400-yard swim, 12-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run. The competition honors the life of Buster Britton, an original triathlete from Birmingham who died of a heart attack in 1985 at a fun run just after competing in a triathlon in Hawaii. The race is held each year at Oak Mountain so make sure and check out for details on next year’s event.

Horizon Students 
Cooking for New Charity

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Horizons with a new fundraiser, students from Horizons School astonished more than 200 attendees with their impressive cooking skills. The Healthy Hearts for Horizons Culinary Extravaganza was held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 16, and raised about $60,000. The successful event included a cooking competition between six teams, various cooking demonstrations and a live auction. Horizons School provides community-based educational programs that are designed to help young adults with learning disabilities with their transition into society. For more information on this organization, visit

Jazz in the Park Fills 
Helena Amphitheatre

Magic City Smooth Jazz visited Helena Amphitheatre on July 9, bringing with them some outstanding jazz musicians. Joe Carnaggio Trio and Phil Denny filled the air with some jazzy tunes and thousands tailgated, lounging with coolers, snacks, blankets and anything else they needed to take in the relaxed atmosphere. Summer is not over, and concerts will run at various locations until October with special concerts dates throughout the year. Check the concert calendar for dates and locations at