The Edmond Sun

June 28, 2013

LibertyFest events fill weekend


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — “A Hometown Fourth of July” is the theme of Edmond’s critically acclaimed 41st annual LibertyFest, which features numerous events celebrating the nation’s birth.

LibertyFest Chairwoman June Cartwright said attendance numbers keep increasing each year in an event that is managed totally by volunteers, which are needed for a number of events. To volunteer, call 340-2527 or send email to info@libertyfest.org.

Remaining LibertyFest events include:

• 11th Annual Car Show: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Hafer Park, which is off Bryant Avenue near Ninth Street. Enter your classic car.

• KiteFest: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both today and Sunday, west side of Mitch Park off Santa Fe Avenue. Lighted night flight weather permitting Saturday night only. Free family friendly event offers activities for both the experienced flyer and the novice;

• Miss LibertyFest Pageant: 7 p.m. today at Mitchell Hall Theatre. Miss Edmond LibertyFest contestants compete in interview, on-stage question, talent, physical fitness and evening wear. Tickets $10;

• Road Rally: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. There is a $10 entry fee per vehicle. Awards ceremony at 5 p.m. New location — all participants will register and start at Earl’s Rib Palace, 2121 S. Broadway. For more information, visit libertyfest.org;

• Taste of Edmond: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Festival Market Place, downtown Edmond. Enjoy tasty food from various restaurants in the community. This event is a fundraiser for LibertyFest, helping to ensure the festival for years to come. $10 per person with children 10 and under free. $15 per person day of event. There are no refunds since this is a donation.

• LibertyFest Parade: 9 a.m. July 4, downtown Edmond. More than 50,000 spectators line the 1.5-mile parade route in downtown Edmond to watch what organizers say is the greatest Fourth of July parade in Oklahoma. Bands, floats, marching groups, antique cars, clowns, round-up clubs, Shriners and more provide color and excitement to this annual parade. For parking and other event information, visit libertyfest.org.

• ParkFest at UCO: 6:30 p.m. July 4, 100 N. University Drive. Free watermelon while supply lasts, music, games, family entertainment, contests and food. For security precautions organizers ask that participants not bring ice chests to the event. Central’s campus is both tobacco- and alcohol-free.

• LibertyFest Fireworks: 10 p.m. on the UCO campus, 100 N. University Drive. The grand finale of the festival is the largest fireworks display in the metro area. The show will be synchronized to music on KCSC-FM 90.1. Bring your entire family to witness the spectacular fireworks show provided by Extreme Pyrotechnics. Participants will want to bring a blanket or lawn chair. No pets allowed and for security reasons don’t bring ice chests. For more information, visit libertyfest.org.