Updated last on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 3:17 pm
As we continue to receive information from a local, state, and national level, our team remains committed to evaluating a strategic, safe, and intentional plan for Freedom Fest 2020. Our event exists to serve our local communities; and, undoubtedly, one of the best ways we can serve you at this time is by providing an event that is safe for public health and safety. We also understand we have the resources through our various partners and sponsors to meet real and tangible needs in our area. As such, we have made some significant and intentional changes to our event operations. It has been a privilege to serve our community for nearly two decades through Freedom Fest. What you have come to know as Freedom Fest will look different in 2020, so please read through the changes we are making with the following highlights:
- Our event time has shifted to be Saturday, August 22, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. That’s right: we have moved our event to begin later in the day.
- Our focus will be on distributing our compassion components from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. During this time, we will
- Be giving away 25,000 pounds of groceries and fresh produce. When entering our property, you will have a drive-up, no contact option of receiving your groceries;
- Distributing 500 backpacks full of select school supplies. We want to help bridge the education gap by placing some supplies for the school year into your hands. Whether you are schooling in-person or virtually, we want to help make sure you have what you need;
- Distributing thousands of articles of clothing. Temperature checks and face masks will be required when walking through our clothing tent, where you will be able to select some new items for free; and
- Providing free haircuts to our guests. Temperature checks and face masks will be required for the duration of the hair cut. Our stylists will serve you in an individual 10’x10′ tent space to ensure proper distancing and ventilation.
- Our evening will, then, conclude with our fireworks show, which is schedule to begin right around 8:45 p.m. We are asking you to view the fireworks from your home or vehicles, where possible. Alternatively, we will have our north field marked with 10’x10′ square pods to help visualize and encourage socially-distanced viewing on our property. (Please know that 8:45 p.m. is an approximate time and may be adjusted at the discretion of our pyrotechnician.)
- During the duration of the event, on-site parking will still be available while space remains. Additionally, our food vendors will continue to serve you so you can enjoy some food at one of our socially-distanced picnic tables (cleaned by our sanitation team after each use) or at one of north fields’ socially-distanced viewing pods.
- Throughout our property, you will be reminded and encouraged to practice CDC guidelines by minding your three Ws:
- Watch your distance;
- Wash your hands; and,
- Wear your mask.
Where you see one of these signs, we will have face masks and hand sanitizer available to you. We encourage and ask you to help our supplies go further by bringing your own mask and sanitizer. Our volunteers will also be wearing face masks during the event, except where an exemption applies as detailed by Governor Evers’ face mask mandate.
What this means is that this year’s event will not include carnival rides. Our kids’ area and inflatables will also not be available. They simply created too many touch points and crowding to do safely. We have also made the difficult decision to postpone all concerts to our 2021 event. This year’s event will focus on grocery giveaways, clothing giveaways, backpack giveaways, haircuts, food vendors, and fireworks.
We continue to evaluate the situation and will post any event updates to this page. We thank everyone for their flexibility and understanding during this difficult time.