Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Latest News

July 2, 2013

Rotary provides fun, fireworks for community

Corsicana — As it has for the last 25 or more years, the Corsicana Rotary Club is hosting its annual Freedom Festival starting around 6 p.m. Thursday in the I.O.O.F. Park on 45th Street.

The annual celebration of our nation’s independence culminates with a big budget fireworks display orchestrated by Lone Star Pyrotechnics. The first rocket is set to launch soon after dark, usually around 9:15 p.m. Prior to that, though, there will be plenty of festival food and fun.

“We’ll have two inflatable attractions for the children, and more food booths than ever before,” said Dr. Frank Means, spokesman for the Rotary Club. “We’ll have the largest assortment ever of carnival and state fair-type food including burgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, nachos, funnel cakes, snow cones and much more. The Rotary will be selling cold drinks and bottled water.

“Tony Newsome of Corsicana’s Fun Jump always does a great job for us in the children’s area,” Means continued. “This year I’m especially excited about the all-new 5-in-1 combo bounce house. It is a slide, mini obstacle course, pop ups, basketball goal and jump area. In addition we’ll have a large 15-foot by 15-foot bounce house. These attractions will be well-supervised and monitored for safety.”

Also new this year is the musical styling of the Bella Voce Trio along with Freedom Fest favorite, the Groove Tones. The fireworks display is by far the county’s largest, and costs the Rotary club about $12,000. Through its fund-raising efforts and generous grants from local charitable trusts the Corsicana Rotary Club is able to offer the day as a gift to local residents.

“This is a big time fireworks show the likes of which you would see in a much larger municipality like Arlington or Plano,” he said. “Except for the food and drinks, everything is free thanks to our generous donors. Of course we couldn’t pull it off without the help and cooperation of Corsicana’s Parks and Recreation department who provide electricity for our vendors and clean up services afterwards. Each year at this time I’m also reminded to say thank you to the Odd Fellows for donating the park to the city years ago. It makes a large, convenient, safe venue. The Corsicana Emergency Corps provides security and parking assistance.”

“Freedom Festival is arguably the second biggest event that Corsicanians are treated to each year,” Means said. “Well over 1,000 people attend the event in the park but countless thousands, probably 10,000 or more, watch the fireworks from back yards, rooftops and parking lots throughout the county.”

1
Text Only
Latest News
  • TAMU.jpg Aggie Muster taking place Monday at Cook Center

    Former students of Texas A&M University will assemble in Corsicana on Monday, April 21, for the annual Texas Aggie Muster to honor all Texas Aggies who have passed away within the last year.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • CISD Trustees to meet Monday

    The Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session at 6 p.m. Monday at the administration building, 601 N. 13th St.

    April 19, 2014

  • Cancer Center Relay 1 Relay for Life fundraiser hits home as O'Neills offer drawing for weekend at guesthouse in Kemah

    Ten bucks. What will it get you these days? Maybe lunch. An eighth of a tank of gas. A pound of bacon. What about a beautiful weekend trip near the Texas coast? While helping an incredible local cause? You bet.

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Friday morning fire damages home

    A home in the 1700 block of West Ninth Avenue in Corsicana was damaged by an early morning fire Friday.

    April 18, 2014

  • 4-20 West Jump 1.jpg West honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion

    Rev. Terry McElrath heard the deafening boom. The pastor spun around and saw a column of smoke billowing into the sky above his small Texas town. He immediately thought, "Somebody has died tonight."

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18-14 Campbell Award.jpg Campbell named ‘Texas Aviator of the Year’

    It was quite an honor for Corsicana's “Dr. Dave.” The longtime Corsicana physician, and namesake of C. David Campbell Field at the Corsicana airport was named 2014 Texas Aviator of the Year by the Texas Department of Transportation.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18-14 Hop 1.jpg Kids at Hop Downtown offer insights into holiday

    The Hop Downtown, sponsored by the Main Street Office and local businesses, was colorful, loud and joyous, with Easter Bunny photos, free eggs, cookies, a bounce house and face painting Thursday afternoon in downtown Corsicana.

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • 4-18-14 Wesley UMC.jpg Two churches set to close

    Two local United Methodist churches are going through the early stages of closing their doors.
    Barry United Methodist Church and Wesley United Methodist Church in north Corsicana are both ending their ministries, according to their respective pastors.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18-14 NavarroRegional.jpg Baker named hospital ‘Employee of Year’

    Navarro Regional Hospital has named Sandy Baker as 2013 Employee of the Year. This award is the highest honor bestowed on a hospital employee each year. Baker was chosen from among 327 fellow employees for the honor.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church News for Friday, April 18, 2014

    News and announcements submitted by congregations throughout Navarro County.

    April 17, 2014