Waynetown Freedom Fest 2015 poster
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Freedom Fest returning to Waynetown
Bob Cox firstname.lastname@example.org | Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2015 8:09 pm
WAYNETOWN — Fun for everyone is how Kyle Proctor describes his town’s Freedom Fest. The festival had a successful debut in 2014 and Proctor promises this year’s version will include something for everyone.
The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Rev. Guy Tremaine Park in Waynetown.
Proctor, who serves as town marshal, heads the festival’s organizing committee. The committee is composed of members of the Waynetown Police Department, Waynetown Fire Department and residents of the western Montgomery County town. Plans for this year’s festival started right after the conclusion of last year’s Freedom Fest.
“We have been planning this year’s Freedom Fest ever since last year,” Proctor said. “We made some changes to improve it this year after listening to ideas and comments from people.”
Traffic flow around Tremaine Park is one change plus additional ADA parking will be available close to the Rusk Shelter. Shuttles will be available between the parking areas and the park activities. The town recently built a public restroom in the park as well as a new shelter house and children’s playground. Two large inflatable games will be available in the park this year as will several children game booths. A 10-and-under baseball tournament will begin at 8 a.m. and run to 3 p.m.
Food vendors will commence serving at 11 a.m. and craft vendor booths will be open throughout the day.
The Waynetown Aquatic Center will offer free swimming from noon to 7 p.m. The splash pad will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m. a special celebration to honor all veterans will take place in front of the stage. The honor ceremony will include a 21-gun Howitzer cannon salute, Honor Guard and the singing of the National Anthem and “God Bless America.” During the patriotic ceremony all veterans will be asked to come to the stage.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. music from the 1980’s will fill the park when the Terre Haute-based musical group, Mullet Over Band, will play until 9:30 p.m. The popular six-member band will feature 80’s music from Pat Benatar to Journey.
The crowning jewel for the day will be a fireworks show scheduled to begin at dusk.
The Waynetown Town Council has proclaimed Saturday as Steve Shea Day. Shea was a life-long resident of Waynetown who was active in the Waynetown Merchants Association and he loved fireworks. Shea retired from AT&T. A former town council member, Shea remembered the Waynetown Freedom Festival with a monetary gift that should ensure the festival will continue for years to come.
“Steve Shea loved Waynetown and you could always count on him anytime we had a community event,” Town Council member Barry Lewis said. “Steve was a stalwart during our fish fry and he always worked to make Waynetown the great small town that it is. It is very appropriate to remember Steve this weekend.”
Proctor said believes a great day is planned.
“We invite everyone to come to Waynetown to get a head start on their Fourth of July celebration,” he said.