Freedom Fest budget set
The Goreville Village Trustees debated for some time Monday night over the proposed budget for Goreville’s singular summer event; Freedom Fest.
Freedom Fest, held July 4th and includes a parade and fireworks display, has been growing in participation numbers and available activities for the past few years, according to Freedom Fest coordinators. Last year, record high temperatures and drought conditions caused the postponement of its fireworks display and evening entertainment. Those activities were later paired with the Fall Festival and helped in its participation numbers.
This year’s Freedom Fest will see the loss of its annual car show and a reduction in its overall budget. Freedom Fest relies largely on donations to help bring together its events, such as its 5K Freedom Fest Run and awards for its downtown parade.
Coordinators say it will be a “grand event,” but that the reality of the Village’s fiscal situation requires more frugality. Trustees were cautious of cutting too much of the Village’s signature show saying they also had a duty to work towards a balanced budget.
The Village approved $15,000 in funding for Freedom Fest, of which more than $9,000 is expected to come from donations and sponsorships.
While the event is still in its planning stages, coordinator Jason Beckmann said the program is still going to include the road race in the morning followed by musical and entertainment acts in the afternoon with a parade scheduled to begin around 4 p.m. and fireworks to follow a headlining musical act around 9 p.m.