The Fishers Freedom Festival announces many of its winners from the various competitions held at the festival the weekend of June 25 & 26, 2011. 

Oliver Construction's SpongeBob Square Pants playhouse won the public vote in "Trick out my Playhouse."

The new competition this year called “Trick Out My Playhouse” allowed the public to vote for free on their favorite playhouse.  The winner was Oliver Construction who created a SpongeBob Square Pants playhouse.  All the donated playhouses were put up for auction earning about $2000 that will go towards the Holland Backpack for Kids Program assisting HSE Schools children, college scholarships given to HSE Schools seniors, Fishers Police Department’s DARE Program, and local scouting and youth organizations.

The 5K Event male top winners were:
1.  Bj Needler 15:26
2.  Ryan Wells 15:41
3.  J.D. Smith 15:48

The 5K Event female top winners were:
1.  Allison Jacobsen 19:28
2.  Renae Murphy 19:32
3.  Rachel Nichwitz 19:47

The Bake-Off Winners with the theme of “Sugar Free” were:
1st Phyllis Goodman – Very Berry Pie
2nd Ryan Fleck, Ryan Wells, and Jacob Banitt – Angel Food Cake
3rd Alyssa Rooke – Creamy Sugar Free Lemon Bars
The winners of the Children’s Parade where the kids decorated their bikes, trikes, strollers, wagons, scooters, etc. and dressed patriotically were:

Here are many of the "Children's Parade" winners with the patriotically decorated bikes, trikes, etc.

1st Alexia Clayborn,  2nd Kaylee Covey
1st Sydney Bivens,  2nd Macgwyre River
1st Alex Chadwell,  2nd Jacob Bivens

We collected 2,129 pounds of food from the public’s donations which is almost twice as much as last year’s 1,105 pounds collected.  Items went to the Fishers United Methodist Church’s “Come to Me” food pantry and Hamilton County’s “Good Samaritan Network” which will benefit those in need.
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, over 100 business booths, around 30 food vendors, around 40 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 24th Annual Fishers Freedom Festival will be Saturday, June 23rd & Sunday, June 24th, 2012.  The Festival is always in need of volunteers at different levels of participation.  Check us out on Twitter and Facebook.  For more information on volunteering or about the festival, please email [email protected]org, visit 8591 East 116th Street in Fishers or call 317-595-3195.