The Fishers Freedom Festival announces it will be hosting the 23rd Annual Fishers Freedom Festival to be held on Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26, 2011.  Last year, we utilized over 300 volunteers that were essential to the success of the festival and have the same need for this year to help with the organization and planning of this large-scale event. 

This year’s newest event will be a “Trick Out My Playhouse” competition.  We are looking for local builders to participate by building a unique playhouse for display at the festival.  There will be a specific area for the playhouses and the public will vote on their favorites.  Once the winners are announced, the playhouses will then be put in a silent auction for the community to bid on them.

Proceeds from this playhouse silent auction will benefit our outreach programs, such as the “Roy Holland Backpacks for Kids” program, college scholarships given to youth based on volunteering and community service, the Fishers Police Department D.A.R.E. program, and local scouting units and youth organizations.  Participating builders receive a free 10’ x 10’ booth space to market your business on Saturday and Sunday at the festival.  Commitments need to be made by March 15 to be included in the festival’s marketing and advertising items.

With over 50,000 attendees from all over the U.S., this free family event hosts art & craft sites, business booths, fireworks, 5K Run/Walk, live music, national UFO Major Disc Dog tournament, children & teen tents, two parades, a street dance, food vendors, free games booths, and so much more. 

Volunteers of various backgrounds are desperately needed and everyone is invited.  All volunteer meetings will be held once a month at 6:30pm on Mondays in the Fishers Freedom Festival’s office at 8601 East 116th Street in Fishers (south of Town Hall and 116th Street, and just behind Fritz in Fishers car dealership) except for two meetings during the month of June.  Meeting dates are January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 13, and June 20.  Everyone is welcomed.

Most event volunteers work in two to three hour shifts during the actual festival, but we are flexible.  No previous experience required.  Some specific volunteer openings for this year will work with:
• Business Tent Vendors (Saturday, June 25 from 7am – 5pm).
• Free Game Vendors (Sunday, June 26 from 7:30am – 9:00am).
• Arts and Crafts Vendors (Wednesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 23 from 5pm – 8pm; Friday, June 25 from noon – 8pm; and Saturday, June 26 from 6am – noon).
• Marking vendor booth lines and interacting with vendors (various days prior to and during the festival).
• Children’s Tent to help manage the craft areas (Saturday, June 25 from 9:30am – 3:00pm or 3:00pm – 8:30pm; Sunday, June 26 from 10:30am – 3:30pm or 5:00pm – 8:30pm).
• Children’s Tent needs two adults to help manage the overall area (Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 for about five hour shifts).
• Silent Auction to help get gifts and work the tent (Saturday, June 25 from 10am – 3pm or 3pm – 8pm; Sunday, June 26 from 10:30am – 3:30pm).
• Anyone with grant writing or fundraising experience.
• Golf outing volunteers for September 26 fundraiser to help acquire sponsors and players.

Another way you can help the festival is by donating your paper towel cardboard rolls, wrapping paper cardboard rolls and any plastic scoops from powdered laundry detergent.  These items are used in the Children’s Tent with arts and crafts.  These items can be given inside the festival office during office hours or left outside in the large plastic tub after hours.
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 Festival is always in need of volunteers at different levels of participation.  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 and Facebook.