The 26th Fishers Freedom Festival announces its “2014 Schedule of Events” which offers fireworks, 5K event, live music, UFO Major Run Disc Dog Tournament, children & teen tents, dunk tank, two parades, climbing wall, water balloon launch, teen dance, street dance and more all on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29.  With over 50,000 attendees from all over the U.S., this free family event hosts hundreds of art & craft sites, business booths, food vendors, and free games booths.  A wide range of events and activities will occur throughout the entire weekend and most events are held rain or shine.

New this year is a zip line 220′ long and 30′ from the ground and also a photo booth.  Both items are available from 12 P.M. to 6 P.M. on Saturday and 12 P.M. to 4 P.M. on Sunday.

Located at Roy G. Holland Park (One Park Drive) in Fishers, the Festival begins Saturday, June 28th at 6:15 A.M. with the 5K event registration and run beginning at 8 A.M.  The free Kiddie Run registration starts at 8:45 A.M. which is open to children nine years old and younger with many local mascots.  Opening Ceremonies start at 10 A.M. and includes the announcement of the “William D. Kehl Jr. Volunteer of the Year” award winner and the royal court crowning.  The free “Kids Firefighter Combat Challenge” opens at 10 A.M. with the real “Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge” hosted by IU Health Saxony Hospital beginning at 11 A.M.  Saturday will wrap up with the Street Dance featuring the band “Stella Luna and the Satellites” at 6:30 P.M.  Free T-Shirts to the first 250 Kiddie Run registrants and to the first 500 Kids Firefighter Challenge participants.

The festival continues on Sunday, June 24th at 8 A.M. with the disc dog and firefighter combat challenge competition registrations.  The Children’s Parade for all kids to participate for free will begin at 10:00 A.M, the Main Parade will be at 4:00 P.M., live music by “Big Daddy Caddy” band at 6:30 P.M. and the fireworks occur at dusk.

The Business Tent is open from Saturday from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. and again on Sunday with just free games for the kids from 10 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.  Arts & Crafts vendors are open at 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Saturday and 11 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Sunday.  Food vendors open at 10 A.M. on both days.

In the Entertainment Tent, some of the many featured Saturday events include the Fishers Police Department and Hamilton County Law Enforcement K-9 demonstration at 12 P.M., Indiana Starfire Cloggers at 2 P.M., and Bullet Proof Soul Band at 3:45 P.M.  The annual Cook Off theme is fruit pies and all are welcome to compete.  On Sunday, the Entertainment Tent will have the Chad Mills & the Upright Willies Band at 12 P.M., Mudsock Jazz and Dixieland Band at 1 P.M., and G. Scotten Talent at 2:30 P.M.

Also occurring both days are the silent auction, disc dog competitions, new zip line, the children’s tent & entertainment area, kids sports zone, water balloon launch game, food drive, food vendors, new photo booth and still 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 held on Saturday, June 28 & Sunday, June 29 at Holland Park and is always in need of volunteers, sponsors and advertisers.  For more information on volunteering or about the festival, please email [email protected], visit 8591 East 116th Street in Fishers or call 317-595-3195.  Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.