Photo by Heather Middleton
By Curt Yeomans
The city of Morrow is about to be taken over by lobsters and cars, with fireworks going off overhead.
Oh, and these are racing lobsters that will be invading the town.
The city is scheduled to host its first-ever "FreedomFest" event on June 11, with a car show, lobster races, live music, games for children to play, food and a grand finale fireworks show.
"We're bringing together two beloved events in the city -- 'A Day in the Park' and 'Summerfest' -- and merging them into one event, called 'FreedomFest,'" said Morrow Business and Tourism Association President Mike Twomey, the event's organizer. "The city council had asked us to create a single, signature event for the community."
The event will be held at the Old Kilby House, which is located at 5917 Reynolds Road, in Morrow, from 5 p.m., until 10 p.m. It is a free event for people in the community to attend.
While the biggest part of "FreedomFest" will be the fireworks show (a holdover from the old "Summerfest" event) that will be held at the end of the event, Twomey is most eager to talk about the lobster races and the car show.
The lobster races are something he is especially excited about. It will be the first time the city has held lobster races, since it discontinued its old "Racefest" event in 2006.
Twomey explained the lobsters, all 50 of them, will be provided by Southside Seafood Company restaurant, in Forest Park.
"They are put in a pool that has five [racing] lanes in it, and there's moving water to help them along," he said.
Twomey said individuals, companies and government bodies may sponsor a lobster. He said lobster sponsorships have been going quickly, though, with only "10, to 15" lobsters still needing sponsors, as of Thursday. Lobster sponsorships can be obtained by calling the Morrow Business and Tourism Association, at (770) 968-1623.
"It was really successful here years ago, so we decided it was time to bring it back," he said.
But, for those people who are not into watching a lobster race, they will have a chance to see a car show that features a vehicle with some real film credentials. Twomey said the actual car that Burt Reynolds' character drove in the film "Smokey and the Bandit" (which was partially filmed in Clayton County) will be part of the show.
He said the rest of the lineup for the car show is still being finalized, however.
The live music will be provided by Crystal and the Cruizers, a band that performs music from the 1950's up to the present day, as well as The Regulars Band, whose members hail from both Clayton and Henry counties and specialize in classic rock songs.
They will be providing the soundtrack for "FreedomFest," otherwise unofficially known as "The Great Lobster and Car Invasion of 2011."