Event organizer Ken Roberts and his team have spent the last several months finding ways to capitalize on the successes of original festival, which took place in July of 2009, while honoring the county’s bicentennial achievement.
Last year’s festival replaced the long standing Ice Cream Festival that has always been held the second weekend in July with a fireworks display as the main attraction. The two-day event turned into a three-day event and a Sunday Social was added to the festivities.
This year’s the event will begin at 5 p.m., Friday, July 9 and run through Sunday afternoon, July 11 with the fireworks display just as part of the fun instead of the main attraction.
“Friday night’s festival schedule is sure to draw crowds, including the first-ever city-wide “Rod Run” for street rods of all types, “ said Roberts. “The fairgrounds will serve as a base for the comprehensive list of activities surrounding this event, including the MD Audio Loud Car Stereo Contest, vendor booths and live band. Burn-out contests and other activities will be sure to captivate car and car stereo enthusiasts all evening long.”
The Grayson County Middle School will again serve as the home grounds for the Freedom Fest and Friday night’s schedule will include traditional events such as Derby City Amusements carnival rides, interactive games, the 4H Freedom Run, “Meet The Candidates” night, a city pool swim night, live music concert and a special Midstate Car Craft Softball exhibition game under the lights.
The candidates that are running in the 2010 November election will be offered a unique opportunity by setting up a booth and meeting voters during the “Meet the Candidate Night on Friday.
Plans for the special exhibition game are currently being confirmed. The game will be played at the Babe Ruth Field offering a game with pro softball players.
“A lot of things are going on this weekend and Saturday’s activities will begin with the annual Fireman’s Pancake breakfast at the firehouse and Carnival rides will continue all day,” said Roberts. “This year we are moving the beauty pageants outdoors on the main stage and offering live music. “
There will be outdoor Arts and Crafts fair, food vendors and the annual Car and Bike Show on the front lawn of the school.
The city pool will be open for a day of swimming at the reduced cost of $1.05. There will be a motorcycle Poker Run, Freedom Fest Invitational Martial Arts Tournament with the day ending with the fireworks show at dusk.
Freedom Festival fun will continue on Sunday with the carnival rides and vendors set up at the middle school grounds.
This year a special “Community Fellowship” is planned on the lawn of the football field at 12:30p.m. Giving those who choose to attend their church services time to come out and participate in the final day’s events.
“We thought this was a way to continue what we started last year with the Sunday event and make it more successful by not interrupting local church services,” said Roberts. “Live music will be offered on the main stage and carnival rides will continue as we encourage everyone to bring a picnic lunch and spend time in fellowship with others of our community during our final day of this annual celebration.”
For more information visit the official 2010 Leitchfield Freedom Fest website and review the initial announcement of events planned at www.leitchfieldfreedomfest.com.