GREEN People of all ages gathered this past weekend to take part in the two-days of events at FreedomFest in Boettler Park.
Sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s were a welcome sight to Green Parks Superintendent Mike Elkins as FreedomFest had to be canceled last year due to poor weather.
"One thing we can never gauge is the weather," Elkins said.
FreedomFest has been an ongoing tradition in Green since 2007.
"Ironically enough the weather the first year is the same as this year," Elkins said.
The event began Friday night with food venders and music from Cleghorn, an American-Celtic rock band and dancing from the MacConmara Irish Dancers.
Elkins said one of the great parts of FreedomFest is that everything is free except for the food.
"It’s our community festival," Elkins said.
During the day on Saturday, children took part in a wide variety of activities including bounce houses, a zip line, climbing wall, laser maze and a farm-yard playland.
A wide variety of food venders lined the park along with many local businesses showing off their products.
The beer garden was run by members of the Greater Green Foundation, who are raising money for non-profits to help improve the lives of children in the greater Green community.
NASCAR simulations also took place throughout the day as children had a chance to get inside a race car, grip the wheel and watch through several monitors of what it would be like to drive a real race car.
There also was a large plane on display from MAPS Air Museum, and the 1885 Lichtenwalter Schoolhouse was open for people to check out. Members of the Green Historical Society showed off the schoolhouse to those interested in knowing what schoolhouses were like in the late 1800s.
This year, Elkins said the city decided to add additional activities for children to take part in.
Cleghorn performed again Saturday evening along with One, a U2 tribute band. The night concluded with skydivers and then fireworks.
Elkins said he was pleased with the turnout and families really enjoyed the event. He said a lot of behind the scenes planning goes into FreedomFest and a lot of people work hard to put on an event like this.
He thanked Kim Goodhart, special events and program coordinator, and Matt Kress, recreation programmer, along with the entire maintenance staff for all their work.
"As a superintendent, I appreciate the community coming out and supporting this event," Elkins said.