Darren Doyle, story and photos
Hundreds filled Chalybeate Park Friday night to get a glimpse of an impressive fireworks show at Freedom Fest 2016, while taking advantage of many other features of the park.
The event kicked off at 4pm with local emergency personnel on hand with police cruisers, fire trucks, ambulances, and other vehicles. Little League youngsters gathered together to accept their trophies and team photos which was followed by the band "Double Nothin" as they played classic country and rock tunes.
"We couldn't have asked for a better day for the event," said Park Administrator Greg Hudson. "People took advantage of all we had to offer, including volleyball, basketball, and corn hole games."
Of course, the main reason people attended was the annual fireworks display, sponsored by Parks & Rec, Bank of Edmonson County, and the Edmonson County Lions Club. The show rivals other quality firework festivals and is something locals appreciate every year.
"As always, the fireworks show was outstanding," added Hudson. "Tons of work went into this year's event and we'd like to thank our emergency personnel for allowing a close up look at their operations. Judge Cannon was also a huge help, shuttling people to and from the parking area."
It's also important to note that the festival simply could not have taken place without the amazing unselfish labor from Administrator Hudson and Parks Director A.B. Webb. The event has been in the works for weeks, and both Hudson and Webb worked around the clock to make sure things came together. The generous gifts from the fireworks sponsors is something we all should remember. Simply put, without these guys' labor and the financial support from the sponsors, there would be no Freedom Fest. Parks and Rec puts on the event simply to give back to the community and to provide a fun, safe event for all to enjoy...for free. The Edmonson Voice salutes our Parks & Rec program, the guys that tirelessly run it, and the wonderful sponsors of the event. Thank you.
"We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and will come out for Concerts in the Park planned for July, August, and September," said Hudson. "Please visit our website to stay updated on all things Parks & Rec."