Brian Hughes and his administra-tion came in, they had the idea of partnering with WPST and rais-ing this event to another level,” hesaid. “We had between 5,000 and7,500 when it began, and now it’sgrown to more than 20,000 peo-ple.”Since Hughes decided to part-ner with WPST, the event has fea-tured a different selection of livebands, food vendors, information-al vendors and kids’ activitieseach year.“It’s basically a one-day festi-val,” Haggerty said. “We probablyhave the best fireworks show inthe state, and that naturally drawseveryone to the festival each year.However, we also have between 80and 90 different types of vendors.”As always, the festival will in-corporate a classic car show,where car enthusiasts and collec-tors show off some of their mostprized possessions, as well as teth-ered hot air balloon rides, beerand wine gardens, games, a lasertag park for kids, and a variety of children’s rides, including slides,water rides and bounce houses. Asuper 50/50 raffle will also be held.“It’s a very family-friendly festi-val,” Haggerty said.Since the MPC partnered withWPST, the event has only gottenbigger and better, Haggerty said.“It’s been a fantastic partner-ship,” he said. “We have a good re-lationship, and we work well to-gether. Over the years, it’s grownto be more of an alliance betweenthe county and WPST.”The Mercer County SymphonicBand will kick off the event at 3p.m., followed by the duo BiggRomeo at 5 p.m. and the headlin-ers, Amish Outlaws, from 7:30 to9:30 p.m. The fireworks show willcommence around 9:45 p.m. andlast for about 30 minutes.To help ease the traffic after thefireworks, the festival will featureone last musical performance bythe local band Little Mac and thePeople’s Champ, who will playfrom 10:15 to about 11:30 p.m.The festival is slated for Satur-day, June 29 at Mercer CountyPark. To navigate to the park viaGPS, use the following address,334 S. Post Road in PrincetonJunction.Admission and parking arefree. For more information, go tomercercountyparks.org orwpst.com/freedomfestival.
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