FENTON (WJRT) -
(07/03/14) - It's been a Mid-Michigan tradition decked out in red, white and blue for more than two decades. The Fenton Freedom Festival kicks off Thursday with the Silver Lake Ski Show and grand marshall reception.
"Bigger and better every year, and just great support by our community. We'll have 25,000 people watch our fireworks at night," said Pat Lockwood, Fenton city councilman.
That fireworks show Friday night will be the most elaborate Fenton has seen - a $15,000 production.
"This year, we're adding music to our fireworks. It's going to be a great opportunity for people to come out and watch them off of Silver Parkway, they're being shot off through the park," Lockwood said.
Friday morning activities include a 5K run through downtown, followed by the parade.
"This parade is the largest parade in Genesee County. It's great, we have the Linden marching band leading us off this year," said Scott Grossmeyer, parade committee member.
New features include a petting zoo and kayak demo to go along with a classic car show, and the Rotary Club's traditional rubber ducky regatta.
"Thousands of ducks going down the river, with people on both sides cheering their duck, and it's a great way for us to raise money, with a focus on literacy this year," said David Dixner, Fenton Rotary Club president.
The celebration also benefits, among others, the American Legion and the Lions Club.
"It all goes back to our community, to our civic and non-profit groups so they're able to continue to do all their good work for people in need in our area," Lockwood said.
We're barely even into this year's festival at this point, but the committee is already hard at work making plans for next year, which will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fenton Freedom Festival.
"The twenty-fifth year will be pretty special in Fenton, Michigan, so you'll see a lot of very exciting things to come," Lockwood said.
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