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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.”

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