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Diners enjoy their meals at Treat.

After celebrating Small Business Saturday and St. Patrick’s Day in conjunction with past FAB Crawls, this weekend’s installment of the event again will fit in well with the calendar.

Just two days after July 4’s Independence Day holiday, the Freedom FAB — food, art and brews — Crawl will be held this Saturday. Businesses will open by 11 a.m., while the Ridgeline Trolley will be in service for the event from 5-8 p.m.

According to a press release from the Morganton Main Street Department, FAB Crawl participants are encouraged to wear red, white and blue and look for American flags displayed at 25 businesses spread throughout downtown that are taking part in the event, which is free to attend. Those businesses will offer discounts, ice cream and snacks, giveaways and more.

Each business will provide crawlers with a map and a punch card to mark each business visited. Visitors will have the opportunity to enter into a drawing from which three winners will receive prize packages full of goodies from the participating businesses. There will be an opportunity for crawlers to win after visiting 10, 15 and 20 businesses. Prize packages will increase in value with the number of businesses visited.

Businesses participating in the Freedom FAB Crawl include:

» Adventure Bound Books — Buy any new in-stock paperback book and get 25 percent off an in-stock hardcover book.

» Aqua B Boutique — Offering 20 percent off an entire purchase, plus Sip and Shop while supplies last.

» Art and Soul

» Breathe Yoga and Wellness — Hosting a grand re-opening at new 115 W. Union St. location.

» Brown Mountain Bottleworks

» Burke County Democratic Party — Offering a free "Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae" social.

» Catawba Brewing Company — Offering fun with Jenga, cornhole and other patio games, as well as music with Virginia and The Slims from 8-11 p.m.

» Fonta Flora Brewery — Celebrating with the staff dressed in red, white and blue.

» Green Eggs and Jam — Offering light refreshments and extended hours.

» Hamilton Williams Gallery and Studio — Offering refreshments as visitors admire the gallery’s display of red, white and blue pottery to celebrate Independence Day.

» Hot Box Vintage

» Mara Renee's Southern Boutique — Offering 20 percent off throughout the store.

» Main Street Jams

» Overmountain Cycles — Offering 20 percent off any one single item, excluding bikes and services.

» Reece Winery — Offering three free wine tastings per customer. Purchase two bottles of wine and get the third one half off the lesser price.

» Salon Definitions — Celebrating with the staff dressed in red, white and blue.

» She's Gone Country Boutique — Offering 20 percent off regular priced items and an extra 10 percent off sale items.

» SideTracked Brewery — Offering games and free popcorn.

» Swede’s Cafe — Shop with 10 local craft vendors. Buy five scones and get a sixth one free

» The Natural Olive and Co. — Featuring local artists from Creekside Cottage Studio from noon to 5 p.m., free live chef demonstrations from noon to 2 p.m. and live music from The Michael Hefner Experience from 6:30 p.m. to closing time.

» The Weathered Home — Offering 10 percent off any purchase.

» Toasted and Rolled — Offering regular and dairy-free Berry America ice cream special and something just for dogs and cats: peanut butter and banana ice cream.

» Treat — Featuring "Red, White, and Booze" craft Jello shots.

» West Union Art Studios — Offering handcrafted WUAS ceramic magnet giveaways.

» Wisdom Path Counseling and Wellness Services — Hosting a recovery-based art and craft show with demonstrations.

“After a very successful St. Patrick’s Day event, I am excited about this weekend’s Freedom FAB Crawl,” said Abby Nelson, marketing and events coordinator for the Morganton Main Street Office. “I encouraged everyone to head downtown this Saturday, July 6, for a day full of fun.

“The FAB Crawl is a great way to see what awesome stores downtown Morganton has.”

For some additional fun, participants can dress up their dogs in American-themed costumes and enter them in the Patriotic Puppy Parade, which will take place at 10:30 a.m. around the Historic Burke County Courthouse square. The most freedom-spirited pup will receive a six-month subscription to Bark Box.

“The puppy parade will take place along the sidewalk of the square,” Nelson said. “Judges will cast their votes for the most patriotic pup.”

For more information or to download a map for the event, visit downtownmorganton.com or call 828-438-5280.

Justin Epley can be reached at jepley@morganton.com or 828-432-8943.

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