Freedom Fest in Pendleton SC
Happy 4th of July!
A Salute to Our Heroes in Pendleton SC
Freedom Fest in Pendleton South Carolina was an old fashioned Patriotic community celebration that was fun for the whole family.
Unfortunately, Friends of the Park was not be able to organize this event for 2012,2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. If any group is interested in organizing this great event for 2017, please contact Pendleton Town Hall. It would be so wonderful if someone would take on this event. We sure miss it.
In 2011 we had Games For The Children with prizes, Great Food including watermelon wedges, Music by DJ Ty Buchanan, Bingo, Bake Sale with a Cake Walk, exhibit by the Palmetto Live Steamers Club, a Salute To Our Heroes and a wonderful performance by the Piney Grove Praise Dance Ministry and the best Fireworks Display anywhere around .Freedom Fest was a fundraiser for the park by Friends of the Park. We asked that folks come early and purchase food and participate in the many scheduled activities.
Over 100 volunteers worked very hard to make this a very special event! Thanks to our generous sponsors, our volunteers and our estimated 3,000 guests, Friends of the Park was thrilled that we made more this year than ever for the Step Up To The Plate Fundraising Campaign to renovate the ball fields and erect a Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park.
Bring your own chair but leave your pets at home! Pets, Coolers, Alcohol and Tobacco are prohibited inside the park gates. No food or drinks can be brought into the park. We have volunteers preparing and selling food and drink so this would be like bringing your own food to a restaurant.
Photos Used On This Page Were Taken By Frank Breazeale, Brenda VanderMey and Nancy Hellams at Freedom Fest 08 and 09. 2010 photos were taken by Frank Breazeale, Nancy Hellams and Photographer Greg Ammons of Ammons Portrait Studio.
The Town of Pendleton welcomes you to Pendleton Freedom Fest 2011 as we celebrate & salute our heroes that protect & serve Our Country. Special thanks to our: Veterans, Servicemen & Women,Police, EMS, and Firefighters. Let Freedom Ring! Happy Birthday, America!
Freedom Fest in Pendleton SC at Veterans Park July 2 from 6:30 to 10 - A Salute to our Heroes
Freedom Fest Schedule 2011
Don't forget to bring your chair to Freedom Fest - Leave your Pets and Coolers at home, please!
FREEDOM FEST SCHEDULE - JULY 2, 2011
Sponsored by FRIENDS OF THE PARK TO BENEFIT VETERANS PARK
at Veterans Park - 500 Lebanon Rd in Pendleton SC
New Special Attraction for Freedom Fest 2011 - Mark Fredericks of Fredericks Locomotive Works will have a miniature train on display for everyone to enjoy viewing.
Help us keep the Park clean by using the Recycling Bins provided by Anderson County
KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL!
Gate 1 - Park Drive - Special Parking inside gate for donation of $2/carGate 2 - Long Rd - For Pedestrians, Handicapped and Volunteers ONLYGate 3 - Off of Lebanon Rd
6:00 GATES OPEN - BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR. No Alcohol, tobacco, coolers, food, drink or Pets can be brought inside the Park area. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. All food and drinks must be purchased at the event. Remember that this is a fundraiser for Veterans Park.
6:30 Raising of the Flag and Pledge of Allegiance by American Legion Post 113National Anthem sung by Jerry BosticPrayer - Pastor Ben Barnett - Pendleton United Methodist Church DJ Ty Buchanan BEGINS Music
7:30 - Special performance by the Praise Dance Ministry of Piney Grove Baptist Church6:30 - 9:30 CONCESSIONS (HOT DOGS, HAMBURGERS, Water, Coke Products), MERCHANDISE CARTS, BAKE SALE, SNOW CONES, COTTON CANDY, FUNNEL CAKES, LEMONADE, CHILDREN'S GAMES AND MORE Childrens Games
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Tickets - 25 cents eachThe Inflatable Bouncing Toys 4 tickets /turn. Face Painting/Tattoos 4 tickets,Dunking Booth 4 tickets BeadBean Bag Toss, Ring Toss, Duck Pond, and Horse Shoes - 1 Ticket each
OUR HEROES TENT - A tribute to our servicemen and women, veterans, firefighters and police. Stop by and receive a free USA flag to wave.
6:30 -8:30 TROTTER'S TRAIL - Walk the trail receive a surprise
6:30 -8:30 GREAT AMERICAN TURTLE HUNT - BARRETT'S PLACE PLAYGROUND ACTIVITY - FREE with prizes.
6:30 - 9:30 BINGO - Come to the Picnic Shelter adjacent to Barrett's Place Playground and play Bingo with Carol Burdette and Jean Vegod - $1.00/card.
9:30 Announcements and presentations- Angela Guess and Uncle Sam (Weston Moore)9:30 CLOSING CEREMONYLower American Flag - American Legion Post 113
Closing Prayer - Pastor Brett Aiken - Faith Fellowship
TAPS - Frank AllisonApproximately 9:45 SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS DISPLAYNO PETS, ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, OR COOLERS WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE PARK AREA.CHILDREN 13 AND YOUNGER MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.
This is a fundraiser for the Step Up To The Plate fundraising campaign to renovate the ball fields and erect a Veterans Memorial so please make plans to come early, purchase food, and participate in the scheduled activities!
I think everyone enjoyed DJ Ty Buchanan - Looks like there were many who were up dancing and having fun!
Palmetto Live Steamers Club exhibited at Freedom Fest 2011 - The Crescent Limited and Great Northern will be on display at Freedom Fest - Exhibit ONLY
Palmetto Live Steamers Club
Palmetto Live Steamers Club will have the following on exhibit at Freedom Fest.The Crescent Limited, owned by Doug Moody. The Crescent Limited consists of the full configuration of the original locomotive , originally built in 1926 and which ran from New York to New Orleans, passing through the Greenville, SC area. It was in service from 1926 - 1934.The Old Northern, owned by Dean Hunter, modeled after the Great Northern Locomotive, built in the 1930s.
Thank you to the Anderson County Sheriff's Dept for being a part of Freedom Fest in Pendleton
Special Parking by Pendleton Recreation Association
Donations will go to the ball fields
Chairmen: Alan Charping and the PRA BoardTurn onto Park Road off of Lebanon Road and turn right into the ball field area for this special parking by Pendleton Recreation Association. Your car will be within a fenced in area. PRA volunteers will assist you in parking your car. There will be a fee for this parking. After parking your car, enter through Gate 1.Other parking is available along the sides of the roads.Handicapped Parking is off of Long Road entering through Gate 2. Must have handicapped sticker. Volunteers with their volunteer button may park in this area also.All parking along the ball field side of Long Road is reserved for Volunteers.Thank you.
Enter The Gates For Freedom Fest
No Admission Fee For Freedom Fest
Gates Open at 6 pm
Thank you to the volunteers who will be manning the gates.!
No Coolers, Pets, Weapons, Alcohol or Tobacco inside Park Area.
There will be 3 gates:
Gate 1 - Park Road:- General Parking
Gate 2:- Long Road - Handicapped and volunteer parking and pedestrians
Gate 3 - Lebanon Rd - Pedestrian Entrance
Opening Ceremony at Freedom Fest
Emcee: Angela Guess
You will not want to miss the impressive Opening Ceremony that Faye, Angela and Caroline have planned for you this year.
Opening Ceremony - Freedom Fest 2011
Emcee - Angela Guess
Uncle Sam - Weston Moore
Raising of the flag - American Legion Post 113
Pledge of Allegiance - American Legion Post 113
National Anthem - Jerry BosticPrayer - Pastor Brett Aiken
Freedom Fest Opening Ceremonies 2010
The Praise Dance Ministry of Piney Grove Baptist Church - A Wonderful Performance!
A Salute To Our Heroes
Veterans, Servicemen and women, EMS, Police, and Firefighters
Faye Ladd and Caroline Jamieson work with the American Legion Post 113 and the American Legion Post 113 Auxiliary to carry out the theme of Freedom Fest. They have a tent set up where they display the pictures of your loved ones who have served our country. This year they will also be showing an impressive slide show.Veterans and Active Military Pictures Needed for "Our Heroes" BoothThe American Legion Auxiliary, Post 113, will be gathering photos for this display during the month of May.Pictures preferred to be 5 x 7 or larger of veterans in their uniforms, but others can be used. Please give rank, branch and dates of service and other pertinent information (i.e. MIA, POW, KIA country where served).
Weston Moore as Uncle Sam and our wonderful American Legion Ladies - Freedom Fest in Pendleton SC
Please come early and support our cause by purchasing food and participating in the scheduled activities.
Thank you, Pendleton Volunteer Firefighters! - Special Thanks to Fire Chief Bobby Pruitt
Patriotic Merchandise Will Be Sold At Freedom Fest
Regina Forrest, 2011 Chair
Regina will be selling Patriotic Merchandise. A price list will be posted here so you can decide what you would like to purchase. The balloons and Glow In The Dark Necklaces are always a favorite. Joan and Willis Kelly were back to help with this booth. Thank you Joan and Willis for your many years of service to Friends of the Park!
Bake Sale and Cake Walk at Freedom Fest
Wanda Batten, Chair
Wanda Batten chairs this committee and does an excellent job recruiting volunteers to make cakes, cookies and cup cakes for Freedom Fest. The American Legion Auxiliary, Faith Fellowship Church and many individuals contribute their baking specials for this booth.Please take the time to drop by Wanda's table and make a purchase. These bakers have worked hard and I am sure you will enjoy every bite.Donations of Baked Goods are needed and appreciated:Wanda needs items such as brownies, pound cakes, pies, cookies, homemade bread items, & etc. We cannot use anything with cool whip or cream icings.
Wanda does a super job of organizing the Bake Sale at Freedom Fest and the Cake Walks!
Bingo With Lots of Great Prizes
Carol Burdette, Chairman Jean Vegod - Volunteer
Bingo 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Nothing could be finer than sitting in one of the Shelters in the cool shade and playing Bingo. Carol Burdette has a great committee lined up to help her with Bingo. It was a huge success last year and she is thinking of making it twice as big. Lots of great prizes were donated. Would you like to donate a prize?
Fun with Bingo!
Great American Turtle Hunt
Kim Beck, Chair
Great American Turtle Hunt
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Kim recruits the help of her family and friends for this fun adventure for the children at Barrett's Place Playground. Great prizes and lots of fun!
Thank you, Kim!
The Becks Enjoy Planning the Great American Turtle Hunt - Kim and Bill Beck - The playground was built in memory of their son Barrett.
Deborah Padgett, Chair
Walk Trotter's Trail 6:30 - 8:30 pmDeborah and her family along with the Trotter Family invite you to walk the trail and be sure to get your free Patriotic Pinwheel.
Cathy Campbell and Don Peppers, Chairs
Childrens Face Painting and Inflatables -
6:30 pm until 9:00
Thanks to all the volunteers from Camp Proverbs and Camp Essence!
Inflatables and more
Fun Scenes from the Kid's Korner - Inflatables, Face Painting, Dunking BoothClick thumbnail to view full-size
Hot Dogs and Hamburgers........Yummmmy!
Bob and Barbara Ham, Chairman
Note To Vendors: We do most of our own vending so that we can make more money for the park. Other vendors will be considered if they are a member of Friends of the Park, donate $100 to the cause plus 10% of their profits, and also help with set up and clean up for the event and that they enhance the event and not take away from what is being sold by Friends of the Park. This is a community wide event made possible by volunteers and sponsors in order that we can raise money to help make Veterans Park the best it can be.
Friends of the Park Member and Freedom Fest Sponsor Hevy Mann will be selling the following and Friends of the Park will receive a percentage of his sales: Thank you, Hevy!
Get Your Coke Products and Bottled Water at The Pavilion - Heather Specht - 2011 Chair
2011 Chair - Heather Specht
Thank you Lowe's for donating 500 bottles of water!
Thanks to Frito Lay for all the great chips!
Heather is asking for anyone who is interested in donating Bottled Water to leave them at The Islander. We need lots of water for our volunteers and to sell so please pick up a case the next time you're at the store and bring it the Islander. It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Hevy Mann's Famous Funnel Cakes and Lemonade and More - One of Hevy's Helpers selling Root Beer!
Funnel Cakes, Snow Cones, Fried Yams, Lemonade and more!
Freedom Fest 09 Fireworks
Where Does The Money Go That Is Raised At Freedom Fest?
Together WE CAN Make A Difference!
The profits from the sale of food, drinks, merchandise, and games will go toward the STEP UP TO THE PLATE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN for the baseball fields and Veterans Memorial. This is a very expensive project and it is going to take all of us working together to make this happen.
Together WE CAN Make A Difference
Friends of the Park, the Town of Pendleton and Pendleton Recreation Association have joined forces to head up the STEP UP TO THE PLATE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
Anderson Co SC "Keep America Beautiful"
Thank you for participating in our Freedom Fest
Please RECYCLE your drink cans, etc. at our Freedom Fest. Thank you.Jessica Powell of KAB will be at Freedom Fest giving out information and some goodies. Thank you, Jessica!
Thank you, Freedom Fest Committee - Freedom Fest requires the help of over 100 volunteers
Scenes From Freedom Fest 08
Who Organizes Freedom Fest?
Let me start by giving you a little background information about how Freedom Fest got started.Teri Sloan, Town of Pendleton Administrator, began this celebration in 1990 - the Town's Bicentennial. Budget strains unfortunately prevented the town from continuing this project after 2003. To keep this wonderful tradition alive, in 2004 Fred Hamilton and Rick Moore of Pendleton Home Builders and Pendleton Real Estate decided to take it on. They planned, organized and secured sponsorships from interested community members such as Ken Rowland of State Farm Insurance, Diane Watkins of The Palmetto Bank, Dr. Mark Stamey of Pendleton Dental Care.In 2008, Fred and Rick approached "Friends of the Park" and asked if we would be interested in taking this on as an annual fundraiser for the park. "Friends of the Park" agreed but only if the Town of Pendleton could sponsor the fireworks which was the biggest expense. We have been so pleased that the town has agreed for the last two years to be the sponsor of the fireworks. The money that they donate is given back to the town and more as everything made from the event goes back into Veterans Park.
All of the generous donors listed above continue to help sponsor the event today along with many more including Mann Promotions, Dr. Frank Forgnoni, AT&T, Design South, E-Z Clean, 1826 On The Green, Krause Moorhead Draisen, McConnell Family, Brewer Family, Kelly Family, Hellams, Kirkleys, Bank of America, American Legion Post 113, Mayor Burdette, Sherods, Lou Robinson, Wal-mart, Jim Vogel, The Islander, PEEPS and many more.
We also have Inkind Donations from Carolina Bottled Water, Coca-Cola, Pet Dairy, Electric City Printing, Norman Durham, Bi-Lo, Crenshaws, Liberty Halll Inn, Timeless Tours and Travel, CVS, Sam's Club, Frito Lay, The Print House, Palmetto Routers, Pendleton Flower Shop, Village Alterations, Publix, Central Textiles, Granny's Restaurant, Griffs, Main Street Designs, Tribbles, and many, many more. Prizes are donated for the Bingo With The Mayor and delicious cakes and cookies for the Bake Sale.Many groups are involved to help make this event possible. Besides the Town of Pendleton, we have the American Legion, Boy Scouts, PEEPS PreSchool and AfterSchool Programs, area Churches, the Pendleton Fire Department, Pendleton Elks Lodge, The Anderson County Sheriff's Department, Pendleton Recreation Association, EMS, Upstate Marines, and many many more organizations and individuals.
So you see that Pendleton is a community that pulls together and makes things happen for the betterment of our community.Would you like to help?