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Friday - July 14, 2017 5:44 am

John Fogerty headlines La Crosse's last Freedom Fest concert Saturday

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Benefit concert to help veterans cost too much to put on.

The idea of putting on a yearly concert to raise money for military families has worked very well in La Crosse, until the cost of arranging the concert took too much money away from those families.

That's why Saturday's 2017 Freedom Fest at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will be the last.

John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival headlines the concert, which expects to have over 5,000 in attendance.

Organizer Pat Stephens says it's possible that the Freedom Fest name will continue in connection with a different event to veterans' families together:

"There's a whole group of people that are looking at other ways that we can get people together and raise some money for the veterans' scholarship and veterans' other needs," Stephens told WIZM. "I don't think that part of it will go away."

Gary Sinise and his Lieutenant Dan Band performed at the first Freedom Fest in 2008 and returned three years ago.

Other bands which have played at the fest include Heart, Three Dog Night and Chicago.

Tickets are $50 until midnight on the Freedom Fest website here. Otherwise they will be $60 at the gate.

Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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