GREEN This year, the city of Green has several new sponsors for its annual FreedomFest.
Akron Children’s Hospital along with 98.1 WKDD will sponsor this year’s event which will take place June 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and June 24 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Boettler Park, 5300 Massillon Road.
The event will offer inflatables, zip line, climbing wall, laser maze, farm yard playland, food, beer garden and fireworks. This year, the fireworks will be at 10:15 p.m. Saturday night and be synced to music from 98.1 WKDD. The station will be giving out 3-D glasses for the fireworks to enhance the viewing experience.
Green Communications Coordinator Valerie Wolford said the city is asking businesses that are set up at the event to do something interactive.
In conjunction with the city celebrating 25 years as a city, there will be 25 door prizes. Some of the prizes include Akron RubberDucks tickets, Kennywood tickets, Cedar Point tickets, Spirit Airlines tickets, a gas grill donated by Lowe’s Home Improvement, an Apple watch donated by Crystal Clinic and much more. To enter to win, attendees are asked to stop by the 98.1 WKDD booth. The winners will be drawn at 7 p.m. Saturday and they do not need to be present to win.
Admission to the event is free, but the city will be collecting donations of school supplies to benefit Green Good Neighbors.
Also Saturday at 5 p.m., MAPS Air Museum’s will host the annual MAPS Legacy Awards, which honor museum volunteers who have served distinguished military careers.
Friday night live music will be performed by Southern Detour, a country and southern rock band, at 7 p.m. RE/MAX tethered hot air balloon rides will be available Friday night, weather permitting, for a fee, which will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. Music on Saturday will begin at 8:30 p.m. with Captured (formerly known as Escape), a Journey tribute band. Skydivers will also descend on the park at 8:15 p.m.
Parking is available at Boettler Park and other lots along International Parkway. If inclement weather strikes, the city will post updates on the its Facebook page and on Twitter.