Concert series, fireworks rescheduled for Oct.
With temperatures reaching record highs and drought conditions persisting throughout Southern Illinois, the Goreville Freedom Fest committee had little choice in postponing its Fourth of July evening concert series and fireworks display this past week.
The committee announced Friday the events would return Oct. 20 as part of Goreville Schools’ Fall Fest.
“We’ll have the same concert series that was going to play on the Fourth,” said Freedom Fest committee chairman Dusty Lingle. “We’ll have Remedy opening for Cache River and then Cache River will play up until the fireworks.”
The tentative time for Remedy to take the stage is set for 5:30 p.m. with the Cache River Band scheduled for 7 p.m. and the fireworks around 9 p.m., said Lingle. The rescheduling of the concert series and fireworks allows for a bigger Fall Fest and an anticipated higher turnout.
While the numbers in attendance were down for the Fourth of July event due to the weather, the overall level of participation was greater than expected, said Lingle. The 5K Freedom Run registered 110 athletes with 10 of the 16 classes recording new records and Goreville resident Sarah Forby setting a new overall record for females. The car show had 60 entries and the parade 80 with Daughters of the American Revolution winning best of show. Further results are posted below with full race results available online at GorevilleFreedomFest.com.
“I think everybody was pleased,” said Lingle. “We just can’t predict the weather and mother nature had something different for us this year than what we wanted of course, nevertheless the same work goes into it.”
Committee vice-chairman Jason Beckmann echoed Lingle’s sentiments in a statement issued Monday wishing to personally thank the many volunteers who put in their time to bring about the festival. The committee is already setting it sights on next year’s Fourth of July and Lingle said its new Freedom Fest web site and facebook page are tools they intend to use to further engage the community in making the event bigger and better.
“We want to make this event for the people in the community,” said Lingle, adding that the committee is open to suggestions. “If there’s something we’re doing wrong, or if there’s something that we can do better, we want to know about it. We want to try and make this the best event for everybody who attends.”
GorevilleFreedomFest.com provides a contact form for those wishing to submit suggestions and/or ideas to the committee as well as hosting news and information on times and locations when the committee will reconvene to officially begin planning for Freedom Fest 2013.
5K first place race results
Overall Male: Terry Okerson with a time of 19:50.824
Overall Female: Sarah Forby with a time of 22:07.461
Male 19 and under: Kyle Adams with a time of 22:38.668
Female 19 and under: Megan Adams with a time of 25:35.536
Male 20-29: Alex Robertson with a time of 23:04.401
Female 20-29: Melody Schmidt with a time of 22:23.091
Male 30-39: Lane Boyer with a time of 23:03.736
Female 30-39: Sarah Forby with a time of 22:07.461
Male 40-49: Lee Boyer with a time of 20:28.786
Female 40-49: Nancy Adams with a time of 22:42.517
Male 50-59: Terry Okerson with a time of 19:50.824
Female 50-59: Susan Kramer with a time of 28:45.606
Male 60-69: No entries
Female 60-69: Judy Panozzo with a time of 37:28.937
Male 70+: Lenny Bruce with a time of 36:50.276
Female 70+: No entries
Non-competitive Walk top three
Tracy Rone with a time of 47:11.599
Sonja Jaimet with a time of 49:07.628
D. Jaimet with a time of 49:07.629
Kids Fun Run top three
Grace Dotson with a time of 5:00.299
Tori Benard with a time of 6:19.070
Austin Shadowen with a time of 6:57.739
Specialty Winners of the 3rd annual Freedom Fest Car Show
Best of Show: Edgar Bledson-1964 Chevy
Mayor’s Choice: Bob Aydt-1984 Chevy
Best GM: J Boyd-1937 Chevy
Best Ford: Ronnie Padriski-1937 Ford
Best Mopar: Dwayne Garrett-2006 Dodge
Best: Other Bob Clay-1990 Toyota
Best Interior: William and Sandy Crabtree-2004 Corvette
Best Paint: Brandon Vaughn-1985 Chevy
Best Graphics: Dwayne Garrett-2008 Dodge
Best 4×4: Clyde and Trish Shafer-1977 Chevy
Parade Judges’ top picks
Best of Show: Daughters of the American Revolution
First Place: Lick Creek Pentecostal Church
Second Place: Goreville Methodist Church
Third Place: Harbor Church