June 14 Marks First in Series of Summer Celebrations

Summer celebrations in Freeman include a series of “Market in the Park, Main Street & More” events. The first takes place on Wednesday, June 14, with kids invited to bring their bikes and helmets to Main Street for a bike rodeo.

The 200 block of Main Street – from Third Street north to Railway – will close at 5 PM to accommodate the bike rodeo that will run from 6 to 8 PM. Free helmets will be available to kids who need them.

            Sponsored by the Freeman Community Development Corporation (FCDC) and Rural Revival – Freeman’s agriculture advocacy organization, celebrations are also set to take place on Wednesday, July 12 and Wednesday, August 9.

Each event will feature Farmers Market vendors and live entertainment from 5 to 7 PM at the Swimming Pool Park. An assortment of activities – including a free meal – will take place along Main Street. Other businesses throughout town may offer extended hours on these dates, as well.

While the June 14 bike rodeo is underway, organizers will also accept donations of bikes no longer in use, including bikes in need of some minor tune-ups. Our local “Bike Doctor” (a.k.a. Dr. Dennis Ries) will be volunteering his time to do the repairs in advance of the July 12 event. At that time, the donated bikes will be made available at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis to kids and adults in need of a bike. Recipients of bikes are asked to be present at that time to ensure proper fit.

Each monthly event will also feature a light meal served at Third and Main beginning at 6:30 PM. Courtesy of FCDC, the meal is free of charge, with various non-profit groups doing the serving and accepting tips.

In addition to the Farmers Market and free food, the July 12 event will feature Crazy Day sales throughout town, vendor booths,  a car show, re-enactment of a 1935 bank robbery, and a kids’ money pit.

A “Farm Crawl” and farm safety activities are among the events planned for August 9.

For the latest details, including any weather-related scheduling changes, the Experience Freeman Facebook page will serve as the primary avenue for announcing that information as it becomes available.

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