Greenwood’s grandest tradition returns this Friday as FreedomFest kicks off for thousands.
Things start with a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee at the Masonic Lodge behind the Greenwood Courthouse. They start serving at 6 a.m. and will run until 10 a.m. with adults costing $5 and children $3.
Another grand Greenwood tradition starts at 7:30 a.m. For 34 years, runners from all over have gathered for the FreedomFest 5K. Early sign-in begins at 6:30 a.m. at Farmers Bank. The race itself starts on Old Hackett Road in front of Dollar General and ends on Main Street near Memorial Park.
This year’s FreedomFest has more to offer than any in recent history. There will be two big top tents near the entertainment stage with music scheduled all day. Angela White starts at 9 a.m. with the National Anthem along with an assortment of popular music. Common Thread plays at 9:45 with a bluegrass sound with songs from Three Dog Night to Bill Monroe. At 11:15, Drums Alive, a dynamic percussion group is set for an amazing show. The Lady Liberty Dance Troop performs at noon during the free lunch and patriotic bike contest. Decorate your bikes and wagons in patriotic red, white and blue. No entry is necessary, just be at the entertainment stage at noon. Prizes will be awarded to all participants.
The musical entertainment continues at 12:45 with a FreedomFest standard. Mr. Cabbage Head and the Screaming Radishes has performed at Greenwood’s FreedomFest for several years. They have been playing together for 27 years and have been called an Arkansas Treasure. Bajer follows with a variety of feel good tunes, both original and favorites at 2:45.
Heaven’s to Betsy hits the stage at 4 p.m. This award winning band sports a unique mix of country, grass and southern rock that has delighted fans all over the area. At 5 p.m., Boom Kinetic, an indie pop band with an infectious sound of generation spanning music will perform.
Jason Wagoner and Honky Tonk Special, another local fan favorite, is set to go on stage at 7 p.m. Jason Wagoner has delighted fans on both broadway and in Nashville. Jill Wagoner has worked in Branson with the likes of Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell. She has also sold out shows on tour with Patsy Cline and opened for Lonestar and Johnny Paycheck.
There will be bounce arounds, waters slides and games set up for kids to enjoy as well as fire trucks and a medevac display.
Hay rides will start in front of the Greenwood Democrat and a trolley tour with a little Greenwood history will start in front of the old Brownfield Pharmacy. The Jail House Museum will also be open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
There will be booths for shopping and food throughout the square along with a caricature artist providing free drawings. There will also be free ice cream in the early evening.
New this year is the 1st Annual Miss FreedomFest Pageant. Girls aged 0-21 years old will compete for Miss FreedomFest 2014. There will also be awards for best patriotic themed casual wear and most photogenic.
Beginning at dusk, there will be a $10,000 fireworks display and laser show. Following the show, 10 Spur featuring Sean Holland will play for a street dance.
All FreedomFest concerts, tours, bounce arounds and shows are FREE.