Sunday, July 4th
This year's event will be held at the Crawford County Fairgrounds, 13291 Dickson Road. Admission and parking is FREE!
8:00AM - 5K Run/3K Walk
Registration starts at 7:30. The entire course is within the fairgrounds! No public roads will be used. Cost is $20. Free t-shirt with early bird registration before June 25th. Free water bottle included with all registrations. Go to runhigh.com and look for "The Ultimate Freedom Event 5K run/ 3K walk" to register online.
There will be a Classic Car Cruise-In. If you're participating and bringing your car, you can enter the gate at 4Pm to get a spot.
KIDS ZONE starts at 4PM and ends at 8PM. Activities include bouncy houses, face painting, horse rides, games, etc. Magic Steve will be with us from 5:30 - 9:30PM.
Food vendors: Common Grounds, Cup O Joe, Sweet Shivers, Dominos Pizza, Hassinger's Kettle Corn/Lemonade, Crosstrainers 4H Funnel Cakes/Fries, Smokey Martin's BBQ, The Big Cheese Grilled Cheese, CCA drinks.
Main Stage entertainment beginning at 5:15PM:
5:15-6 PM - Jared Cooney
6:15-7PM - Justin Gray
7:15-8:15PM - Ron Yarman Trio
8:30 - 9:30PM - Six Year Stretch
9:30PM - Pastor Cliff Forbes
10PM - Fireworks!
Please bring your camp chairs or a blanket to relax on the grass. See you on Independence Day!
HISTORY OF THE ULTIMATE FREEDOM EVENT
The Ultimate Freedom Event started in 2015 when Cliff Forbes, Lead Pastor of New Beginnings Church of God, saw a need in the Meadville Community for a family friendly, low cost event that was held on the 4th of July. He realized that the New Beginnings Meadville Campus had the room and manpower to hold such an event. Cliff began brainstorming with the staff to see how to make this happen. As a staff, we decided to make this a FREE event for the community. We booked musical acts for entertainment, rented bounce houses and games for the kids, and offered food vendor spaces free of charge, so the food vendors could pass that savings on to the people who would attend. We asked for small sponsorships from our Church Family and area businesses to help run the event, but covered the bulk of the cost out of the church budget.
The 2015 event was a HUGE success! We saw over 2000 people on July 4, 2015. Since then, this event has grown! In 2016 we added a Classic Car Cruise-In, more games and activities to the kid's area, and more food vendors to accommodate the crowd we anticipated. Guess what? We were amazed to have doubled the attendance! Again, we expanded for our 2017 event by moving our Kid's Fun Zone to a larger area on the property, adding a Kid's Stage with music and entertainment, and adding additional food vendors. In 2017, we had over 5000 people! The 2018 and 2019 events saw similar growth! We are now hosting the entire event at the Crawford County Fairgrounds to allow for extra room for the amazing response from our community.
We're very excited to be offering a 5K Run/ 3K Walk, classic car cruise-in, live music, a KIDS ZONE, food trucks/vendors, and of course, FIREWORKS!