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Now that a plea deal is in the books and Ariel Castro awaits sentencing, the three Cleveland women who were once missing have a new-found freedom.

One of the women made her first appearance in a very public way.

This weekend, Amanda was not only living life, but found herself the life of the party. And not just any party. One of Cleveland's biggest -- Roverfest.

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"We were talking about Roverfest and sort of half jokingly said 'you should come out and party with us because you have a lot of years you didn't have a chance to party,'" says host of Rover's Morning Glory, Shane "Rover" French.

Little did he know, one if his countless listeners heard the message loud and clear.

"Three of the security guys came up to me backstage at about 6 o'clock and said 'Amanda Berry is here, she says you invited her.' And I was like, yeah, right, that would have been great if she accepted that, right. And they said, 'No, she's actually here.'"

There she stood, with a few family and friends. Amanda hung out backstage for a couple hours, but was reluctant to go on stage in front of the crowd.

"I went up to her and said, 'I understand if you don't want to go out on stage, but if I say you're here, are you ok with that?' And she said, 'if I go out there, will you go with me?' And I said, 'yeah, you can bring everyone with you if you want,' and she said, 'ok, let's go out there.'"

Rover introduced Amanda Berry to the crowd. She walked out with her loved ones surrounding her and put her hand in the air.

"When the crowd errupted and was cheering for her, it was very emotional for them, and I actually looked out into the crowd and I saw men, I mean, grown men, with tears coming down their face. People were so emotional," says Rover.

He admits, he got chills at that moment.

Amanda stayed on stage for a while, dancing with rapper, Nelly.

She didn't say much, but the smile on her face told the crowd, she was on her way back to a normal life.

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