13th annual Freedom Fest set for Saturday in Centennial Park

August 28, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — Bringing the community together in a safe environment to offer hope and love is what the Freedom Fest is all about, according to organizer Mary Gonzales.

Gonzales and her family came up with the family event 13 years ago as a way to give back.

“We started it because we wanted to do something for the community,” she said.

With the support of her husband, sons and daughter, Gonzalez put the event together and offered free entertainment and a meal.

With the support of the community, the Gonzales family has received more help to put on the event.

“Thirteen years ago we did a lot of work,” she said. “But as the years went by, people have come together to put the event together.”

She calls those people “givers” and appreciates how they step up and donate food and other items for the betterment of the community.

During last year’s Freedom Fest, they served 400 hamburgers and Gonzalez is hopeful to match that again. There will also be games and prizes available for all ages.

The event focuses on caring for others and sharing a meal,

“Our main thing every year is to give some encouragement and share some love,” said Gonzalez. “There are a lot of lost people and we just want them to know we love them.”

The public is encouraged to bring canopies, chairs, and umbrellas to feel comfortable while enjoying music and bonding with others in the community.

For entertainment, the event will offer a variety of music from Spanish and hip hop to reggae and gospel. A well-known group, Avid Dischord, will perform during the event along with two new groups, Grupo Fuego and Man of War. Several other performers will take the stage during the festivities.

Centennial Park is the location for this year’s event, which is on the 400th block of E. 20th St. in Scottsbluff. The event begins at noon on Saturday, Sept. 1, with bands taking the stage all afternoon. Gonzalez said they plan to serve dinner around 7 p.m. The public can park around the park, with the exception of 5th Ave.

Anyone who would like to get involved in organizing next year’s Freedom Fest can contact Gonzales at 308-672-0863.

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