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Ramstein Air Base in Germany will celebrate the Fourth of July during a three-day festival set to include a car giveaway, carnival rides, live music and — oh yeah — fireworks.

The 2006 Freedom Fest begins at noon Sunday and wraps up around 1 a.m. Wednesday. The highlight of the festival is a 30-minute fireworks show scheduled for 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. More than a dozen live acts are slated to take the stage in the fest tent, including the Orlando Magic Dancers, Thom Shepherd and his band of Nashville Songwriters, and the Uptown Shufflers.

Also, a car will be given away to the contestant who can keep a hand touching the car the longest during the three-day festival. Registration for the car giveaway ended Wednesday.

“Don’t drink and drive” courtesy cars will be available from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. for those who need the service.

Cowboy Crush plans 3 Italy showsThe five-woman country music band Cowboy Crush will perform at three American military communities in Italy next week.

The Nashville, Tenn.-based band is on its first international tour. The first stop was in Paris, followed by a show in Interlaken, Switzerland.

Cowboy Crush begins its tour of U.S. military facilities on Monday with a 9 p.m. concert at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza. The show is free to all U.S. military identification card holders. The band then travels to Camp Darby for a 6 p.m. show Tuesday and to Naples the next day for a 9 p.m. show.

Concerts also are scheduled in Greece and Norway before the band heads back to the States.

The group, which has been together for less than three years, is composed of Trenna Barnes, Becky Priest, Debbie Johnson, Renae Truex and Darla Rae Perlozzi. Earlier this month the group performed at a Country Music Association festival in Nashville that also featured the Charlie Daniels Band and several other acts that have toured U.S. military facilities abroad.

The band’s best-known song is “Nobody Ever Died of a Broken Heart.”

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