The Fourth Annual Freedom Fest will be held 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, July 4 at the Coarsegold Historic Village.
According to event coordinator Jannai Pero, the event began as an idea to have a patriotic July 4th event for the community.
"The event is a free community event that 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," said Pero.
Pero expects close to 1,000 people to attend the event that features speakers, music, children's activities including pony rides, a free bounce house and water slide and free crafts.
Dr. Bill Atwood, award-winning columnist for the Sierra Star, will serve as emcee for the event. Atwood is a public school teacher and administrator, and a long time Mountain Area resident who is very involved in the community.
Keynote speakers include:
Jim Franklin: The Pastor of Cornerstone Church in Fresno, and host of the top-rated syndicated radio program "Jim Franklin Live"" which is heard throughout Central California on KMJ 580 Saturdays and Sundays 2-4 p.m. He is co-owner of the Central Valley's Conservative Talk Radio station KGED 1680 AM. He is the founder of Cornerstone Community Care and Feeding Fresno, reaching out to the needs of families in the community.
Assemblyman Frank Bigelow: A rancher from O'Neals and former member of the Madera County Board of Supervisors, Bigelow is also a volunteer with the O'Neals Volunteer Fire Department and vice president of the Ponderosa Telephone Company.
Bigelow is committed to protecting California's rural way of life. He is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and will be speaking on "The One Right That Secures Them All The Second Amendment."
Moses Menchaca: The new student body president at California State University, Fresno, who is passionate about his country and the Constitution. He is an ambitious young man that has worked hard both in school and as a leader in more than 15 organizations.
His goal is Stanford Law School in the next few years. He is a political science major whose message is "Reaching the Youth Making American Ideals Cool Again."
Rick Farinelli: District 3 Madera County Supervisor and life-long Madera resident. Reared on a family farm in Madera, the grandson of immigrants, Farinelli understands sacrifice, hard work and dedication. He has been a long time youth soccer coach and served in numerous volunteer capacities mostly in the business sector to expand local business and bring new jobs to Madera.
The title of his presentation is "One city, one County, one State at a time'.
Aaron Hyde: A political science major at California State University, Fresno, and a campaign consultant. After graduating from Yosemite High School, he was the student body president at Monterey Peninsula College.
His speech is titled "Now foe the Action."
Other featured speakers include political comedian Evan Sayet and Dr. Karen Siegemund, who will speak on the importance of honest and objective reporting. Details: Jannai Pero, (559) 642-4920, email@example.com.
Freedom Fest schedule
10:45 a.m.: Lamar Leathers Band.
11 a.m.: Welcome from MC Bill Atwood, color guard post colors, Yosemite High School Cadet Corps, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem Jen and Lyric Piccolotti.
11:10 a.m.: Prayer by Pastor Steve Meyers, God Bless America by Alpha Falls.
11:25 a.m.: Speaker Jim Franklin "Is there not a cause?"
11:45 a.m.: Speaker Assemblyman Frank Bigelow 'The one right that secures them all."
Noon: Jen Piccolotti leads children in "We The People."
12:10 p.m.: Recorded military medley and presentation of pins to veterans.
12:20 p.m.: Speaker Karen Siegemund "There is no freedom without an independent press."
12:40 p.m.: Lamar Leathers Band.
1 p.m.: Speaker Evan Sayet "How modern liberalism threatens our freedom."
2 p.m.: Speaker Moses Menchaca "Attracting the youth: Making American ideals 'cool' Again."
2:15 p.m.: Declaration of Independence Frank Jackson.
2:30 p.m.: Speaker Madera County Supervisor Rick Fairnelli "One city, one county, one state at a time."
2:45 p.m.: Speaker Aaron Hyde "'Now for the action."
3 p.m.: Speaker John Pero - Closing comments and Lamar Leathers Band.