Arizona Freedom Festival offers fun for the whole family

Children's patriotic parade, horseshoe tournament, live music and much more planned in Winslow

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A small part of the fireworks display at the Winslow High School stadium in 2010. Area residents believe 2011 will be just as good.

Todd Roth/NHO<br> A small part of the fireworks display at the Winslow High School stadium in 2010. Area residents believe 2011 will be just as good.

WINSLOW, Ariz. - A fun time awaits all Monday in Winslow. The Fourth of July Fest is to be held in Winslow from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. along West First Street. This event will precede the Fireworks Show put on at the high school stadium during the evening.

The Freedom Festival will have a horseshoe tournament, beer garden, live music, dunking tanks, cakewalk, karaoke, children's patriotic parade, watermelon eating contest, car show, water balloon toss, food vendors, drink vendors and crafts vendors. Towards the end of the day will be a patriotic themed music presentation at the gazebo where you can sing along.

This event is an "old school" Independence Day Celebration and the largest fireworks display in northern Arizona. There is no admission fee for the daytime festival although there is a 25-cent per ticket fee, for participating in the children's contests. The nighttime fireworks show is free but individual donations are gladly accepted. The Freedom Festival and Fireworks Show have no major commercial sponsors and are supported by vendors' fees, 25-cent ticket fees and donations.

The Winslow Chamber of Commerce is still accepting applications from vendors for the Freedom Fest. The vendor fee for selling is $40 and food and merchandise and art vendors are encouraged to apply. Please contact Winslow Chamber of Commerce at (928) 289-2434 to obtain a vendor form. Food vendors will need a county food-handling permit and some other safety rules will apply. Call the Chamber for specifics.

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