Hamilton County understands everyone is a kid at heart so they have multiple attractions, places, and events to satisfy the youthful crave. Stop at The Indiana Transportation Museum where you can peruse the old railcars. ITM also offers a variety of train rides including the Pizza PLUS Express, Dinner in the Diner, and Caboose rides. If you are a history buff, venture back to the 1800s at Conner Prairie, where you can spend the day in a balloon, petting livestock and exploring the interactive museum. Although all of those are my top attractions and places to visit, my favorite youthful event is the Fisher's Freedom Festival. Attending the Fisher's Freedom Festival has been a tradition for my best friend and I for years.
The Fishers Freedom Festival will be held on June 23-24, 2012 at the Roy G Holland Memorial Park in Fishers, where it is held every year. The two-day celebration is filled with family activities, so start the weekend off with the 5K Event held on Saturday. The 5k Event begins at 8:00 a.m. and all proceeds benefit the "Roy Holland Backpack for Kids" program. Proceeding the race head over to the center of the park.
The Festival hosts multiple arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, food vendors, children and teen area, parades and fireworks. My friend, Shelby and I's first stop are the food vendors. When we go to the Fishers Freedom Festival we never eat a real meal because the sweets and snacks are too delicious. You can purchase corn on the cob, snow cones, kettle corn and many more treats. After we get our snow cones for $3.50 we walk to the back of the festival where we browse all the small tents with cheap goodies. When our cones are down to the last slurp we venture off to find our next victim to satisfy our stomachs; it usually involves a tenderloin sandwich or an elephant ear.
Grabbing our snack we head to the entertainment tent where live music is played for the audience to enjoy. The tent is not limited to singers, but musicians and dancers take the stage too. This year's entertainment includes Indiana Starfire Collgers, G. Scotten dancers and guitarist Alex Nelson. There are other pavilions that are filled with exciting actives such as the Children's, Teen and Business Tent.
The Festivities continue on Sunday and during the afternoon the parade is always a treat! The Fishers parade starts at Lantern Road and 116th at 4:00pm. The music, food and entertainment do not end until Sunday evening. We head over to our trademark hill as the sun begins its journey to the horizon. Our blanket is our cushion while we wait for the finale to begin. The Fireworks start at 9:50pm to end the celebration!