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Spiceland Freedom Days has 'something for everyone'

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com

SPICELAND — Spiceland Freedom Days returns this weekend with the festival opening at 3 p.m. Friday and concluding at 11 p.m. Saturday. 

Spiceland Freedom Days President Angela Baxley said the organizing team has put together a schedule with “something for everyone.”

“We have several surprises throughout each day that we are keeping under our hats,” she added. 

On Friday, kids’ games are available on the upper park playground with the Elite Game Truck on hand from 4-6 p.m. in the upper park and Broad gravel lot. The Nazarene Church booth will have fried chicken and a ham-and-bean supper starting at 5 p.m. From 6 to 7 p.m. K & C Line Dancers will perform in the upper park and basketball court. Kids’ games resume from 6-7 p.m. on the playground.

The rest of the evening’s festivities are all in the upper park and main stage with scholarship awards from 6:30-7 p.m. and the pageant from 7-8 p.m. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. a live bluegrass band, Mountain Laurel, will perform. Following that, DJ music will be played until 11 p.m.

On Saturday, a pancake breakfast at the Spiceland Friends Church starts the day early from 7 to 10 a.m. The Spiceland Gym is scene of the 9 a.m. 3 on 3 Tournament. The upper park and main stage are where the veterans’ program and baby contest take place. Veterans are honored from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. with the baby contest following at 9:30 a.m.

Parade line up is 10 a.m. in the Draper office parking lot with the parade at 11 a.m. The route is Main, Fourth and Broad streets. The grand marshal will be recognized at 12:30 p.m.

Hoover Hall is the site of the quilt show from noon to 4 p.m. The upper park will host kids’ games from noon to 1 p.m. and the dog show is also in the park on the main stage from 1 to 2 p.m.

A car show is 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Spiceland Friends Church grass lot. More kids’ games are from 2-3 p.m. in the upper park. The lower park hosts a corn hole tournament from 4-6 p.m. Spiceland Gym is where the 3 on 3 finals take place from 4:30-5 p.m. More kids games are from 7-8 p.m. in the upper park.

The raffle giveaway is on the main stage from 7:30-8 p.m. The live rock band, 3 Card Monte, is on the main stage from 8-10 p.m. and DJ music will complete the evening until 11 p.m.

Other members of the festival team are: Vice President Monica Altman, Secretary Kylie Green, Treasurer Jack Garner and Director of Entertainment Sam Goodwin.

“Spiceland Freedom Days is a two-day fundraiser jam-packed with fun, food and shopping-til-you-drop festival,” said Baxley. “All proceeds are for our local volunteer fire department and also a local scholarship fund. We are 501 (c) 3 status – all donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.”