The Fishers Freedom Festival will host the “Christmas in October” craft fair on October 10th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Fishers High School, 13000 Promise Road in Fishers.  It will host over 130 arts and craft vendors, refreshments will be for sale, and all proceeds from the raffle will benefit the “Roy Holland Backpacks for Kids” program which has already provided 200 backpacks to students for the current school year.  This event typically attracts over 2000 attendees.
 
Canned goods and new toys will be collected for the Hamilton County Good Samaritan Program.  If you bring a donation of canned goods, non-perishable items, or new toys you will receive one free raffle ticket.  The entrance into the craft show will be on the northwest and the southwest end of the high school.  Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for seniors and students, and 12 years old and under are free.
 
Volunteers are needed on Friday, October 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. for marking vendor booth spaces and to help vendors move their items to their booth location.  Volunteers are also needed Saturday, October 10th between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to help vendors move their items to their booth location, work the information table and the ticket booths, and clean up.   Sign up to volunteer by clicking here.  

The success of this fundraiser is crucial for the Fishers Freedom Festival since it is a volunteer organization entirely funded by residential donations, sponsors, grants, booth fees, the business community and fundraisers. 
 
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 22nd Annual Fishers Freedom Festival will be Saturday, June 26 & Sunday, June 27, 2010.  The Festival is always in need of volunteers at different levels of participation.  For more information on volunteering with the festival, send an email to freedomfestival@sbcglobal.net, visit 8601 East 116th Street in Fishers, call 317-595-3195, or click here.