Return of East Moline festival aims to bring more people downtown

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EAST MOLINE, Illinois - It's been ten years since East Moline has had a festival and this weekend Freedom Fest returns.

It's set up time for business owner Michelle Horton, "We would have festivals and we would have the lighted Christmas parades and it would be filled with people."

She's hoping to bring back good times for downtown East Moline.

"Right now there's times you'll have tumbleweeds and I just think people don't realize how much there is to offer and so this year that's what we're taking great pride in," said Horton.

While the festival is providing entertainment for people, it's part of a larger plan. Horton and other members are part of the Downtown Main Street Association, an initiative to bring life back downtown East Moline.

They're working on everything from adding bike racks, cleaning up store fronts, to showcasing what they do have.

Hoping to attract more business and more customers' one festival at a time, "This is our first step, but it's really kind of giant leap, we're going all in and hopefully we have good results," said Adam Guthrie, member of the Downtown Main Street Association.

The festival is going on Saturday, August 6th, from noon to midnight. It's free to the public.

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