It’s Freeedom Festival time!
The 12th annual Freedom Fest was the largest ever, according to sponsors and Edwin Brewer, pastor of First Assembly of God Church.
“It is a cooperative effort — it takes many of us working together,” Brewer said. The owner of USA Fireworks, Brewer said he donated 5,000 mortars for the fireworks show that was set off by Pea Ridge firefighters.
“This is way bigger than our church!” Brewer said. “There are many sponsors and volunteers who work very hard to make it happen.”
The event began at 6 p.m. with the serving of free meals — 1,000 hot dogs and 1,200 chicken sandwiches with chips, sweets and drinks. Several different church groups performed gospel songs from 6 - 9 p.m. Children jumped, ran, bounced in the three bounce houses set up behind the church building.
Pea Ridge firefighters Scott Stewart, Ryan Sherman, Michael Culotta, Chris Perez, Alex Blevins and Cody Lawson set up and detonated the fireworks.
“We want to send a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped make another Freedom FEst a huge success,” Judy Majors, one of the many volunteers, said. She said sponsors included the Pea Ridge Optimist Club, Arvest Bank, Kelly/Kelly, Beavers Farm; Sisco Funeral Home, Pea Ridge Vet Clinic, NWA Residential Real Estate PR, Tysons, Bimbo Bakery USA, Little Debbies, USA Fireworks, Coke, Neighborhood Market, Sams Club, Pea Ridge Police Department, Pea Ridge Fire Department, Pea Ridge Tire Shop, Flying RF Feed & Farm Supply, Sonic, White Oak Station, Diego’s, Victoria’s, Head Hunters, TH Rogers, Blackhawk Auto, Cottage Flower Shop, O’Reilly’s, Pea Ridge Cafe, Monte Ne Inn, Sams Olde Tyme Burgers, House of Webster, Colton’s, Freddy’s, CiCi’s, Golden Corral, Domino’s Pizza, Catfish Johns, Daisy, Pioneer Flea Market, Krispy Kreme, Bobcat, Pea Ridge Street Department, The Ridge Church, Refuge Church, Westide Baptist Church, River of Faith Church, Cornerstone Church, Lifeline Riders CMP and First Assembly of God.
The largest one yet is how pastor Edwin Brewer described the 12th annual Freedom Fest Sunday. More than 2,000 free meals were served and fireworks were discharged at dark. Brewer, owner of USA Fireworks, donates the $5,000 worth of fireworks to the community event that is hosted by a cooperative effort of the area churches, volunteers and businesses.