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Organizers working to save Waterfront Independence Festival

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Country singer Justin Moore performs at the Waterfront Independence Festival in Louisville. Country singer Justin Moore performs at the Waterfront Independence Festival in Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---The 4th of July festivities are in full-swing with the Fifth Third Bank Waterfront Independence Festival in Louisville.

"You can get out of the house and don't have to spend and arm and a leg to come out, so I think it's good. That's why I brought the kids," says Eddie Sams, who was at the festival on Wednesday.

"Enjoy stuff with my family and not have to pay $120 that I don't have," says Tara Whalen, who was enjoying the outdoor concerts.

With all the fun, comes music for the fans, and the chance for them to get close to some of their favorite musicians.

Wednesday's headliner was country singer Justin Moore and his band.

"People get a chance to come out and see something, a great concert for free," says Roger Coleman, a Kentucky native and band member for Justin Moore.

"We have a career because of these people. Country fans are the reason we can wake up in a tour bus and make music for a living," says Kory Caudill, a Kentucky native and band member for Justin Moore.

As fun as this event is for both these musicians and the fans, comes the reality that next year the music could stop.

"Is there a possibility that this could be the last year for this festival," we asked Ashley Smith with the Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation.

"We certainly hope not. We are working very hard to continue our fundraising efforts. We knew going into this year that we were all set for this year," says Ashley Smith.

Organizers with the Waterfront Development Corporation say sponsorship for the event has been on the decline since 2008.

The two day event costs roughly $300,000 dollars to put on.

So, In late July, they plan to start an effort to try to find more corporate sponsors and money to keep the festival going.

"So if you like the festival and would like to help us, we will gladly take your donation and put it to good use," says Ashley Smith.

Fans and performers are hoping help is on the way.

Rain or shine, they hope to keep having a good time at this festival.

There are a lot of costs that go into this event, from the fireworks, to the music, and activities.

The volunteer organization called Friends of the Waterfront were already out this evening, collecting money from fans wanting to donate.

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