So the Fourth of July is coming up and gas prices are coming up as well. What is there to do? Fayetteville residents have only to travel 15 miles for one of the rockingest Fourth of July festivals around — Freedom Bikefest.
    Freedom Bikefest, sponsored by the corporation that owns The Doghouse, will bring motorcycles and music together for a three-day festival that will rock your socks off. Now, you might be wondering why we’re talking about concerts in this space — well that’s simple, as the name of the festival points out, bikers and their bikes will be at the center of the event.
    Throughout the course of the event bike shows will be held on a daily basis. In addition to the shows, the event will include a vendor city with more than 100 vendors on hand to sell their wares, a biker Olympics, an FMX Stunt Riders Demonstration, Food Vendors, Extreme Skydivers, celebrity bike builders and daily benefit rides. The event will also bring a reality star to the area in the form of a real artist — a tattoo artist. Ami James is an Israeli-born American tattoo artist. He is the co-owner (with Chris Nuñez) of the Miami, Fla., tattoo parlor known as LoveHate, and is the subject of the TLC reality television program Miami Ink. {mosimage}
    If all of that isn’t enough to entice you, how about the fact that the festival is being held on more than 30 acres of land outside of Parkton (in between I-95 and U.S. 301.) The property is open for camping; however, campsites are on a first come, first served basis. Staying at Freedom Bike Fest at Southern Comfort Campgrounds gives you and your friends the best of both worlds: Enjoy the ease of accommodations right next to the action and still surrounded by the natural landscaping of the great outdoors. Campground space is still available — call Dave at 1-843-267-3477 to reserve your spot today.
    And, of course, there’s always the music. Fourteen bands will perform over the three-day period, including some top national acts and some great local acts. On July 4, the entertainment will kickoff at 7 p.m., with the sounds of D.L. Token and will wrap up at midnight with the rocking sounds of Molly Hatchett.
    On July 5, music will start at noon and will run throughout the day, featuring On Tap, Crush and Run, Aftershock, Peacepipe, D.B. Bryant, The Fifth, and Blackfoot. To wrap up the night is a fabulous fireworks show.
    On July 6, the festival goes a little bit country, welcoming some of country’s big names, as Dixie Highway, Daryle Singletary and Sammy Kershaw light up the stage.
    Tickets for the event are $25 for one day and $50 for the full three days. Tickets do not include camping. For more information, visit www.freedombikefest.com or purchase your tickets at Ticketmaster.
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