The Fishers Freedom Festival announces many of its winners from the various competitions held at the festival the weekend of June 28 & 29, 2014.  The festival collected a total of 905 pounds of food from the public’s donations.  On Saturday, the 461 lbs of food collected were given to the Fishers United Methodist Church’s “Come to Me” food pantry.  On Sunday, 444 lbs of food were passed over to Delaware Township’s food pantry which will benefit those in need.

1st Place Sheri Stricker

1st Place Sheri Stricker

5K Walk/Run Winners  
All results are posted at http://onlineraceresults.com/race/view_race.php?race_id=40086.  The Fishers Freedom Festival’s 5K top winners were:
Male Winners:
(1) David Dalton 15:36, (2) Celeb Kerr 15:38 and (3) J.D. Smith 15:50.

Female Winners:
(1) Delainey Burnett 20:33, (2) Tina Fleming 20:57 and (3) Carris Woodruff 21:15.

The Bake-Off Winners with the theme of “Fruit Pies” were:
1st Place, Sheri Stricker – Almond Cherry Pie
2nd Place, Linda Akin – Apple Pie
3rd Place, Bill Akin – Cherry Pie

Children’s Parade
Kids decorated their bikes, tricycles, strollers, wagons, scooters, etc. and dressed patriotically on Sun, June 29.
Overall – This category’s winning entries used the “Keep Fishers Beautiful” festival theme with their decorations.
I. Cory Wilcher2014 Childrens Parade Winners
2. Mallory Bishton

Wagons
1. Nolan Bacon
2. Kaylee Covey
3. Audrey Blank and Zoey Betten

Bicycles
1. Jacob Klus
2. Sydney Bivens
3. Hailey Marschak (not pictured)

Tricycles
1. Srivats Krishna
2. Meera Venugopal
3. Andrew Fisher

Scholarship Winners:
Recently graduated high school students Molly Moldovan and Casie Ruth Blair of Fishers High School were both named as 2014 Ken Wright Community and Life Scholarship winners.  This is a continuing education scholarship opportunity for youth that reside within the Hamilton Southeastern School District.  The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage youth to volunteer their time and talents to their community.  Both recipients were awarded a $1,000 check payable to the student and must be used by the student towards college expenses.

Disc Dog Competitions: There were two large disc dog competitions at the festival with competitors trying to qualify for World Finals.
*UFO Major & World Qualifier on Sat, June 28: www.ufoworldcup.org:
Open Combined
1st place: Andrew Han with dog “Solar” from Wisconsin with a score: 171.1
2nd place: Andrew Han with dog “Psy” from Wisconsin with a score: 156.5
3rd place: Christi Campbell with dog “Star Spangled Banner” from Colorado with a score: 150.4

Intermediate Freestyle
1st place: Bailey Hartsock with dog “Lucy Lou” from Indiana with a score: 49.4
2nd place: Stacey Simison with dog “Jetta” from Indiana with a score: 39.4
3rd place: Steven Weiss with dog “Aggie Mae” from Indiana with a score: 37.5

Intermediate Toss & Catch
1st place: Madison Roden with dog “Indy” from Indiana with a score: 15
2nd place: Stacey Simison with dog “Jetta” from Indiana with a score: 10.5
3rd place: Kathy Wilson with dog “Summitt” from Indiana with a score: 8

Novice Toss & Catch
1st place: Willy Demis with dog “High Jinks” from Indiana with a score: 9.5
2nd place: Valerie Janowski-Human with dog “Oscar” from Indiana with a score: 7 3rd place: Joe Darling with dog “Maggie” from Indiana with a score: 4.5

*Ashley Whippet Invitational and 2014 Qualifier on Sun, June 29:
Open Division
1st place: Andrew Han with dog “Psy” from Wisconsin with a score: 77.1
2nd place: Nate Bednar with dog “Rizzo” from Ohio with a score: 75.6
3rd place: Jeff Duff with dog “Sasha” from Kentucky with a score: 75.5

Intermediate Division
1st place: Steven Weiss with dog “Aggie Mae” from Indiana with a score: 38.1
2nd place: Stacey Simison with dog “Freyja” from Indiana with a score: 35.8
3rd place: Stacey Simison with dog “Jetta” from Indiana with a score: 36.6

Novice Division (for first-timers)
1st place: Barrett Crites with dog “Hemingway” from Indiana with a score: 40.6
2nd place: Valerie Janowski-Human with dog “Oscar” from Indiana with a score: 35.1
3rd place: James DuMond with dog “Jackie” from Indiana with a score: 22.7

Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge
Results are posted at www.firefighterchallenge.com (in minutes):
Open Male:
1 Darren Hillman of Windsor/Tecumseh Parker Construction 1:34.25
2 Russell Krasnesky of Team Cellucor  1:36.63
3 Jeff Vater of Team FireCraft 1:36.91

Open Female:
1    Brittany Hoffman of Peters Township FD    4:29.39

Open Teams:
1 Windsor/Tecumseh Parker Construction 5:07.71
2 Waukegan Fire Department 5:19.28
3 Westfield Fire 5:21.63

Open Over 40:
1 Darren Hillman of Windsor/Tecumseh Parker Construction 1:34.25
2 Russell Krasnesky of Team Cellucor   1:36.63
3 Al Ramos of Waukegan Fire Department 1:48.21

Open Over 50:
1 Lonnie Mitteis of Lonnie’s Minions 2:30.01
2 Thomas Mackie of Hoffman Estates 2:48.52
3 Bill Christiansen of Lansing Fire Dept. 3:36.87

Tandem:
1 Team Russell And Jeff: Russell Krasnesky and Jeff Vater 1:20.76
2 Westfield Fire: Matt Hansen and Justin Anderson 1:27.33
3 Cincy Westsiders: Ben Pritchard and John Dunn 1:34.84

2014-06-28 Wright as Vol of Year Award“2014 William D. Kehl, Jr Volunteer of the Year” Award Winner: Rhonda Wright, 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.

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, 80 business booths, around 30 food vendors, around 20 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 27th Annual Fishers Freedom Festival will be Saturday, June 27th & Sunday, June 28th, 2015.  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.