New feature adds intrigue to Freedom Fire

There will be a lot to enjoy at Logan City’s Freedom Fire Independence Day celebration and fireworks show Thursday night in Utah State University’s Romney Stadium. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 8 p.m.

On KVNU’s Crosstalk program, Committee Chair Holly Fjeldsted said a patriotic program would not be complete without the Star Spangled Banner but people won’t know who the singer will be until that evening. That is because of a new feature this year: Freedom Fire Anthem Idol Contest.

The contest, in partnership with the Cache Valley Media Group, started with 33 contestants, all competing to sing the National Anthem in front of thousands of people in Romney Stadium prior to the fireworks.

“We had such a great response to this contest and it was hard,” Fjeldsted said. “The judges had such a hard job to narrow it down each week and let fewer and fewer on to the next round.

“It is tricky because we have a lot of talent in this valley. That was one of the reasons we had the contest in the first place.”

She said the winner will be singing the National Anthem and accompanied by the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, directed by Dr. Craig Jessop. Fjeldsted said all five of the finalists will be recognized that evening. They are Kassie Winkler, Jamie Younker, Maya Miller, Vanessa Hunter and Siera Peery.

The patriotic program will also feature Brent Carpenter as the Honorary Grand Marshal.

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