Fishers Freedom Festival - June 28-29, 2014
June 28 and June 29, 2014
Newcomers to the Fishers area might ask, “What is the Fishers Freedom Festival”? But those of you who have attended might agree that it is as close to Uncle Sam and homemade apple pie as you can get.
The annual Fishers Freedom Festival, which offers multiple activities, events and food for all ages is held at the Roy G. Holland Memorial Park (1 Park Drive) off Holland Drive & Ellipse Parkway in Fishers. This free event offers fine arts & crafts, food & business vendors, live music, 5K Event, K-9 demonstrations, Children’s Tent, Street Dance, Children’s Parade, Main Parade, Fireworks and much more to the 50,000 attendees who come from all over the U.S. each year.
The Festival occurs annually on the last Saturday & Sunday in June. It kicks off on Saturday morning with the 5K Event. The public may park at Holland Park at a small cost per vehicle. Free parking is available at Town of Fishers Municipal Complex with a free shuttle running approximately every 15 minutes during Festival hours.
Even though the event is at no charge, the Festival encourages participants to donate canned foods, new toys, baby food, nonperishable goods, school supplies and/or toiletries for admittance. These items go to various non-profits organizations such as the Festival’s “Roy Holland Backpacks for Kids” program and the Good Samaritan of Hamilton County. The Festival also accepts donations year-round of items to be used in the Children’s Tent for different crafts. Those items include buttons and clean baby-food jars with lids; please remove the labels.
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 its present two-day event status.
The Fishers Parade and Festival was incorporated in 1991. In 1998, Fishers Parade and Festival Inc. d.b.a. Fishers Freedom Festival became a 501C-3 charitable private not-for-profit volunteer corporation which is independent from the Town of Fishers.
Responsibility for the Festival is in the capable hands of Jennifer Kehl, as Executive Director, and 40 volunteers who serve as event coordinators, co-coordinators and currently has a five member Executive Board of Directors. During the actual Festival weekend an additional 250 or more volunteers are hard at work.
Many committee members donate up to thirty hours per week for at least three or more months of the year to make the Festival a success. Several other committee members donate time during the entire year to provide the community with a safe and fun-filled family-oriented weekend with a strong Americanism flavor.
Funding ● Sponsorships ● Grants ● Monetary contributions (residential and corporate) ● Booth rentals (craft booths, business booths, and food booths)
● Fundraisers T-shirt sales, Fishers Freedom Festival Guide to Family Fun Booklet (advertising sales), silent auction and fall fundraisers which include: Fishers Oktoberfest at Saxony in September and “Christmas in October” Craft Show in October ● The Town of Fishers. The 2012 budget is $309,600.
The Fishers Parade and Festival, Inc., dba Fishers Freedom Festival is a private not-for profit volunteer organization and is not affiliated with any other organization or governing body. However, the Town of Fishers and the Fishers Town Council continues to support the annual Festival through financial contributions, public relations and with their town departments such as the police, fire, public works and parks department and for that we are very grateful.
The committee is always looking for volunteers who can donate as much or as little time as possible and is always looking for suggestions to improve our annual event.
“The mission of the Fishers Freedom Festival is to encourage community pride and a sense of community through civic partnerships and citizen involvement. We promote a safe, secure, community environment while developing community services and promoting family integrity. We continue to strive for excellence to improve the overall quality of life for all facets of our community by investing in human potential.”
Goals and Objectives of our Project and Organization:
- Educating the community on community resources
- Collection of food items and school supplies for the needy in our community
- Blood Drive – providing a life sustaining element
- Wellness and Health
- To promote family interaction
- Educating the community on fire safety and prevention
- Education the community on drug awareness, neighborhood and business crime watch, children’s safety issues, fingerprinting of the youth, and Police K-9 Dog services
- Interpersonal relationships
- Providing the not-for-profit organizations in our community the opportunity to raise funds
- Providing volunteer opportunity for the young and the old
- Educating the community on how they can give something back to their community so that it may prosper
- Supporting not-for-profit youth organizations
- Providing scholarship opportunities for the youth in the community
- To celebrate the freedom of our country
- Providing a safe community environment
- Family-oriented community outreach
- Networking with other not-for-profits/community agencies to bring needed services to the community
- Promoting higher-education by providing scholarships to regional youth of the community
- Promoting community awareness of local resources associated with funding, volunteering, health and wellness and police and fire
- Self Sustainability
- Extending partnerships with the corporate community (investment and involvement)
- Developing a Volunteer Organization for the community
- Extending partnerships with other events and organizations.
Our Community Support/Outreach Programs:
“Roy Holland Backpack for Kids”
- This program provides less fortunate students within our school district the needed school supplies and backpacks that they otherwise would not be able to afford.
Scholarships – The Festival Committee offers two separate scholarships
“Ken Wright” Community and Life Scholarship
- Two high school seniors from HSE school district are selected each year to receive $1000 each. This scholarship is based on community service, extra curricular activities, and participating in not-for-profit organizations.
“Roy Holland Memorial Scholarship
- This scholarship is for a full-time employee of the Town of Fishers, their spouse, or children. One scholarship is awarded annually to either a full-time student for $2,500 or a part-time student for $1,250
The Fishers Freedom Festival supports and offer local not-for-profit organizations, churches, and scout troops opportunities to showcase their organization and/or raise money during the Festival weekend.
- Fishers Police Department D.A.R.E., Fishers Police and Fire Department Explorer Programs, Fishers Catch and Release Program, Fishers Citizens Police Academy Alumni, Hamilton County Good Samaritan, local Boy Scout and Girl Scout units