Coarsegold to host Freedom Fest July 4

June 18, 2013 

The Fourth Annual Freedom Fest will be held at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, July 4 at the Coarsegold Historic Village, 35300 Highway 41.

According to event coordinator Jannai Pero, Freedom Fest celebrates and honors "our American heritage, the Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, our military and the open expression of how we can preserve our freedoms."

Evan Sayet and Dr. Karen Siegemund will be two of the keynote speakers during the event.

"Sayet is considered by many to be both the nation's leading conservative political comedians and one of the conservative movement's greatest thinkers," Pero said. "He was a self-proclaimed liberal before the tragedy of 9/11 when his perspective was forever changed. Now he is the author of the bestselling book, "The Kinder Garden of Eden: How The Modern Liberal Thinks" and one of the country's most in-demand speakers."

Pero said his serious efforts include a series of lectures to the prestigious Heritage Foundation, the first of which is now one of the most viewed talks in their long history. Andrew Breitbart said it was one of the five most important conservative speeches ever given.

Evan has headlined many events including David Horowitz's Restoration Weekend, Tea Party rallies across the country and Right Online (Americans for Prosperity) at their annual national conventions.

Siegemund has a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics, a master's degree in international relations, and a doctorate in Education and American culture. She spent nearly 20 years as a scientist, and another 10 years as a teacher at the middle school level and at both the University of Massachusetts and Dartmouth.

"As the mother of two daughters, she wants to make sure that they have a chance to succeed and have the freedoms that once were the hallmarks of America," Pero said. "While her interests and pursuits have been diverse, Dr. Siegemund has consistently been passionate about the truth, and about ensuring that Americans are equipped with the best knowledge and information there is, to help them participate in this Republic."

Since growing up in Nazi Berlin, she is particularly sensitive to the dangers that occur when the press is not independent, explained Pero.

"For this reason, she has turned her passion for truth and education to fighting for the honest reporting and objective media that all Americans deserve," Pero said.

Jim Franklin, the dynamic Pastor of the Cornerstone Church in Fresno and talk show host from KMJ and co-owner of the Valley's only Christian Talk Radio show, KGED, 1680 AM will also speak during Freedom Fest, along with District 5 Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, Madera County Supervisor Rick Farinelli, Fresno State student body president Moses Menchaca, and FSU student and political consultant, Aaron Hyde.

In addition to the speakers, Freedom Fest will offer many children activities during the day including pony rides, a bounce house and water slide, crafts and a special laser arcade.

Patriotic music will be provided by the Lamar Leathers band, Jen Piccolotti and her daughter Lyric, and Alpha Falls and her son Andrew. Piccolotti is directing the children's choir that will perform an original song by Sandy Wilbur called "We the People."

The event is free — parking is $2 per car.

"I encourage families to bring your lawn chairs for this old fashion, patriotic July 4th celebration," Pero said. "This would be a great event for families to attend on their way to the Bass Lake fireworks later that night," Pero said.

Details: Jannai Pero, (559) 642-4920,

— Jannai Pero, Freedom Fest coordinator

"I encourage families to bring your lawn chairs for this old fashion, patriotic July 4th celebration." — Jannai Pero, event coordinator

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