The Little Festival that COULD!
When our small committee sounded the alarm in March 2018 that we were in serious danger of discontinuing one of the longest running festivals in Indiana, many asked what they could do to help. Understandably so, as the mere mention of the Freetown July Festival (now known as the Freetown Freedom Festival), which dates back to the 1880s, evokes fond memories for most folks from the Jackson County area.
The Seymour Tribune reported that we needed several committed people to join the festival committee, and in August our new group of thirteen capable people came together, purposing to restore the festival to its former glory.
We’ve expanded the event to 3 days (Friday-Sunday, July 12-14 this year), and among other activities, we’ve secured fireworks, planned a Sunday afternoon car show, PLUS we’re working hard to bring back carnival rides! Of course there will be plenty of great entertainment (all free to the community!), delicious food, a 5k run, baby contest, auction (in the fire station), karaoke contest, games for the kids, and a parade on Saturday. We are truly excited as we endeavor to make our plans a reality.
Though we have plenty of ambition, we are in need of your help.
Current needs include:
- Monetary donations (especially in raising money for the rides!)
- Prizes for the games, contests, and car show
- Volunteers willing to work a 3 hour shift, in the kitchen or running a game
- Volunteers to help with set up (on Friday afternoon) and clean up (Sunday evening)
We would love for you to partner with us in restoring our festival to its former glory!