2013 TSHIRT DESIGN   RGBDon’t miss the 25th annual Fishers Freedom Festival who is celebrating their silver anniversary this year!  Sponsored by IU Health Saxony Hospital, new this year will be the “Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge” with local firefighters competing in a rigorous five-event course including a five-story tower climb and your child can try the mini version for free.

With over 50,000 attendees from all over the U.S., there is something for everyone in your family to enjoy.  This free family event will host around 130 juried fine art & craft sites, 75 business booths, 30 food vendors, and 20 free games booths.  Activities include fireworks, 5K event, live music, K-9 demonstrations, children’s tent, teen tent with music, children’s entertainment, disc dog competition, kiddie run, children’s parade, main parade, street dance, silent auction, blood drive, rock climbing, dunking tank, scuba diving, and so much more. 2012 FHS Band in Parade

Located at Roy G. Holland Park (One Park Drive) in Fishers, the “Allisonville Meadows 5K Event” registration begins the festival on Saturday, June 29th at 6:45 A.M.  The 5K Special Guest Starter, Julie Patterson of WISH-TV, will start the 5K at 8 A.M.  Registration for the free “Legacy Christian School Kiddie Run” starts at 8:45 A.M. which is open to children nine years and younger.  Come meet and greet with mascots Incredi-Plex’s “Lil’ Kickers,” “Hink” the Butler Bulldog, Aaron’s “Lucky Dog,” “Roary” the Hamilton Southeastern Lion, and “Rocky the Rhino” from Pro Martial Arts.  Bring your camera!

Disc dogs start catching frisbees at 9 A.M for the Xfinity/Nat Geo Wild/State Farm competitions.  Opening Ceremonies start at 10 A.M. which includes the announcement of the “William D. Kehl Jr. Volunteer of the Year” award winner and the crowning of the “Aaron’s Royal Court.”  At 10:30 A.M., the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenges begins along with the opportunity for your child to do some firefighting of their own.  Saturday wraps up with “DJ and Dancing” by Radio Now 100.9 in the Teen Tent and the Street Dance featuring the band “My Yellow Rickshaw Band” in the Entertainment Tent both from 6:30 P.M. – 10 P.M.

The festival continues on Sunday, June 30th at 8:00 A.M. with the Ashley Whippet Invitational World Championship Qualifier for disc dogs, the firefighter combat challenge, and the nondenominational church service.  The Children’s Parade for all kids to participate for free will line up at 9:30 A.M.  The Central Indiana Blood Drive starts at 11:30 A.M.  The Main Parade with Parade Marshal Taya Reimer, McDonald’s All-American basketball player and Fishers resident, begins at 4 P.M. at the corner of 116th Street & Lantern Road.  The Festival’s grand finale will consist of “Big Daddy Caddy” band at 6:30 P.M. and the fireworks will begin at dusk.

1 cp_bikeOn the live stage, just a few of the many featured events include Mik the Music Man, McAxe and the Firecrew, the Hamilton County Law Enforcement K-9 demonstration, Jai Baker, and the Bake-Off competition is open to everyone to bring in their best “gluten free cookies.”

The “St. Vincent Fishers Hospital and Honda of Fishers 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 9:30 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Saturday and 11 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Sunday.  Food vendors open at 9 A.M. on both days.  Also occurring both days are the silent auction, kids entertainment area, the Children’s Tent, tethered hot air balloon rides, bungee trampoline, adult BINGO, scuba diving, water balloon launch game, food drive, food vendors, and still so much more!

This event is run entirely by hundreds of volunteers and there is still a need to fill these spots.  Please consider giving two hours or more to the festival for tasks like checking in vendors, assisting with the Firefighter Combat Challenge, etc.  Please consider volunteering by clicking here.

Even though the event is at no charge, the Festival strongly encourages attendees to bring donations of non-perishable food items, bottled water, trash bags, gallon size Ziploc bags, toilet tissue, paper towels, dental floss, tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, bar soap, hand sanitizer, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, wash clothes, mops, mop buckets, push brooms, cleaning supplies for floors and walls, diapers, baby wipes and baby formula, baby food, disposable diapers, cleaning supplies, school supplies, gently used and new clothing, toys, games, books and/or toiletries for admittance.  Multiple drop-off locations will be located throughout Holland Park and will also be collected by Boy Scouts of America Troops walking in the Comcast Main Parade on Sunday.  Items will go to the TownePost.com Food Drive and Harris Bank School Supply Drive which will benefit those locally in need.   The public may park at Holland Park for $2 per vehicle.  2012 Food Drive in Parade

There will be free parking at the Fishers Train Station in the Town Municipal Complex (11601 Municipal Drive ) and the Alhuda Foundation parking lot and grass area located at Lantern Road and Sunblest Blvd.  A free shuttle will run approximately every 15 minutes during festival hours to transport people to Holland Park and back.  No parking will be allowed on Sunday on Ellipse Parkway or Holland Drive due to the Children’s Parade, Main Parade and fireworks.  Limited parking in designated areas will be allowed in the Town Complex on Sunday due to Main Parade’s line-up.   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 25th Annual Fishers Freedom Festival is Saturday, June 29th & Sunday, June 30th, 2013 at Roy G. Holland Park.  Our theme is “A Quarter Century of Celebrating Freedom.”  Check us out on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.  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.