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The Suburbanite
  • FreedomFest was family-friendly and full of fun

  • The city of Green’s sixth annual FreedomFest had a large crowd of about 10,000 out to celebrate the city’s 20th anniversary.


    There was plenty to see, eat and do for all ages.

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  • The city of Green’s sixth annual FreedomFest had a large crowd of about 10,000 out to celebrate the city’s 20th anniversary.
    There was plenty to see, eat and do for all ages.
    The event is planned by the staff of the division of parks and recreations and takes 8 to 10 months to organize. Parks and recreation superintendent Michael Elkins said the event acts as the city’s annual July 4 celebration.
    “FreedomFest is Green's annual celebration of community and country,” Elkins said. “There are a number of large Fourth of July events in the area. So, as to not compete for vendors and entertainment for these events, Green elects to hold our event prior to the actual Fourth of July holiday.”
    The event was held on June 23 and was presented by Summa Health System, with supporting sponsors Legend's Sports Pub and Grille, Raintree Country Club, General RV, Akron General Medical Center and WQMX.
    Bands Jukebox Heroes and Escape, a Journey tribute band, put on shows that were enjoyed by all ages.  In the evening, WQMX presented country band, The Farm, whose hit “Home Sweet Home” was No. 20 on the Country Music Charts the week of June 16.
    Kicking off the fun weekend was a family fun run hosted by the Green Local Schools cross country teams and Ritchies Sporting Goods. Participants ran the 5K, two-mile or one-mile events. The one-mile event was accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. 
    The proceeds benefit the cross country team.
    One of the most popular attractions during Saturday’s event was the children’s area. There were plenty of free fun activities, including Indy cart racing, a virtual Pac-man game, nine-hole mini golf, a zipline, a rock climbing wall, paintball, an extreme trampoline, inflatables and more.
    There also were plenty of places to eat including Chick-Fil-A, Stoddard’s Ice Cream, The Perogie Lady and vendors with funnel cakes, sausage sandwiches, gyros and  burgers.
    The day included a visit from Akron Children’s Hospital’s Air Bear helicopter and skydivers who landed later that evening.
    Concert tickets were raffled off for the Jason Aldean and Rascal Flatts concert.
    Local artist Ron Beahn signed posters of his painting of Lichetenwalter Schoolhouse in commemoration of the city's 20th anniversary.
    At dusk a colorful display of fireworks ended the day.