The Fishers Freedom Festival announces many of its winners from the various competitions held at the festival the weekend of June 29 & 30, 2013.

2013 William D. Kehl, Jr Volunteer of the Year Award Winner: Ed Pierce, a Fishers resident that made a positive impact on the community going above and beyond to help or support others while being wonderful role-models.

The festival collected a total of 1,243 pounds of food from the public’s donations.  On Saturday, the 743 lbs of food collected were given to the Fishers United Methodist Church’s “Come to Me” food pantry.  On Sunday, 500 lbs of food were passed over to Delaware Township’s food pantry which will benefit those in need.   All Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge winners are posted at www.firefighterchallenge.com.  The Fishers Freedom Festival top winners were (in minutes): Open Competition: 1 Jeff Vater of Met-Rx  1 36.31 2 Russell Krasnesky of Mckinney Fire Dept  1 39.10 3 Matt Hansen of Westfield Fire Dept  1 40.53

Team: 1 Westfield Fire Dept  5 29.51 2 Waukegan Fire Dept  5 32.23 3 Sioux Center Fire Dept  6 20.28

Tandem: 1 Male Tandem Russ And Jeff Russell Krasnesky Jeff Vater  1 29.01 2 Male Tandem SC Johnson Mike Cook Matt Robers  1 32.52 3 Male Tandem Fred’s 2 the Rescue Sean Sullivan Jeff Vater  1 35.78

All 5K Walk/Run results are posted at http://www.onlineraceresults.com/race/view_race.php?race_id=33290.  The Fishers Freedom Festival’s 5K top winners were:

Males: 1.  Ryan Wells 15:18 2.  David Dalton 15:37 3.  Giovanni Pipiq 15:41

Females: 1.  Lucie Sulewski 18:00 2.  Emily Wagoner 19:56 3.  Chikage Castle 19:59

The Bake-Off Winners with the theme of “Gluten-Free Cookies” were: 1st Place, Phillis Goodman – Peanut Butter Cup Cookies 2nd Place, Linda Akin – Coconut Macaroons Cookies 3rd Place, Sharon Fenimore – Peanut Butter Cookies

The Winners of the Children’s Parade where the kids decorated their bikes, tricycles, strollers, wagons, scooters, etc. and dressed patriotically were:2013 Children's Parade Winners - wagons

Wagons/Strollers: 1st Place Alexia Clayborn (Tank), 2nd Place Shaylee Jamison (Betsy Ross), 3rd Place Katrell Readus (Radio flyer wagon), and Honorable Mention Angeline Dervenis  (Silver anniversary rocket)  *See photo to the right.

Bicycles: 1st Place Jacob Bivens, 2nd Place Kindell Readus , 3rd Place Alex Chadwell

Tricycles: 1st Place Dillon Phelan, 2nd Place Kaylee Covey, 3rd Place Samantha Simmons and Honorable Mention Kara Reed

The Oldie Weds Game winners were: 1. Bob and Brenda Berding 2. Leeza and Tim Smith 3, Don and Lori Wagner 4. Deborah and Mike Miles 5. Scott and Jana Faultless

A big thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who helped make this year’s Fishers Freedom Festival a big success!  With over 50,000 attendees from all over the U.S., there was something for everyone in your family to enjoy.  This free family event hosted around 130 art & craft sites, 75 business booths, around 30 food vendors, around 25 free games booths, and so much more.

Back in 1989, the founders of the Fishers Parade and Festival decided to have a community gathering to celebrate Independence Day.  With the help of volunteers, the event originated as a one-day community picnic, parade, and a few games for the children.  Due to the overwhelming participation by the public, this event grew to a two-day event.

The mission of the Fishers Freedom Festival is to encourage fellowship through civic partnerships and citizen involvement by creating a safe environment, developing needed community services, promoting family integrity and striving to improve the quality of life for every resident by investing in human potential.

The 26th Annual Fishers Freedom Festival will be Saturday, June 28th & Sunday, June 29th, 2014.  The Festival is always in need of volunteers at different levels of participation.  Check us out on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  For more information on volunteering or about the festival, please email info@fishersfreedomfestival.org, visit 8591 East 116th Street in Fishers or call 317-595-3195.