Freedom Farm Days

By Carolyn Zachary | Aug 22, 2016
Photo by: Kyle Hadyniak

By Sallyann Hadyniak

Freedom “Farm Days” Parade, August 20, 2016

It was a beautiful day for a parade and to spend some time in the park. There wasn’t any humidity, cool breezes, and lots of sunshine, blue skies, family, friends and neighbors.

The parade route was lined with people. The Freedom Volunteer Fire Department was preparing their chicken BBQ in the park and the air was filled with the aroma of chicken and excitement.

The American Red Cross set up their center at the Town Office Election Hall and welcomed anyone that wanted to donate blood.

Robert Stover provided (one-man band) entertainment with great music and has a voice to match it.

The festivities in the park was over by 1:30 p.m. and the following is a list of winners of the raffle and trophies for first second and third place.

1st prize-9" Android Tablet 16 GB Kate Flynn

2nd prize- 6 foot floor lamp with glass shelves Tyler C. Hadyniak

3rd Stained Glass Holly Ingraham

4th-Hand Made Brown Afghan Mike K.

5th-Wooden Shelf Susan

Kelsey Downer drew all the winners.

The 1st place trophy was titled “Plowing the Past, Growing the Future” by the Freedom Community Historical Society

2nd place trophy was “Farm Needs Birds” by the Villageside Farm

3rd place trophy was “Daisy Down on the Farm” by the Dirigo Grange #98.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Freedom Parade! Everyone looked wonderful and it was a beautiful day! Thank you to the Freedom Fire Department for the Chicken BBQ and the Freedom Historical Society for the music and Thank you to all of our crafters/vendors. Special Thank you to our group of REC/Boosters members! It take a whole group to work together to have an awesome day!


Parade lineup Aug. 20. (Photo by: Kyle Hadyniak)
Villageside Farm's second-place float. (Photo by: Kyle Hadyniak)
Freedom Community Historical Society's float, "Plowing the Past, Growing the Future," took first place in the float competition. (Photo by: Kyle Hadyniak)
Firetrucks from Freedom, Unity, Montville and Cutchogue, Long Island, N.Y., drove in the parade. (Photo by: Kyle Hadyniak)
North Star Riders Snowmobile Club showed off their groomer in the parade. (Photo by: Kyle Hadyniak)
Owen Freeman, Freedom's only Eagle Scout, carries the American flag in the parade. (Photo by: Kyle Hadyniak)
Dirigo Grange 98 won third place for this "Daisy Down on the Farm" float. (Photo by: Kyle Hadyniak)
Robert Stover, a one-man band, provided entertainment with great music and a voice to match. (Photo by: Sallyann Hadyniak)
Freedom Fire Department cooked up and served 150 chicken quarters. Here, Steve Bennett, Karen York, Scott Holmes and David Bennett are setting up for the barbecue. (Photo by: Sallyann Hadyniak)
Cindy Abbott holds the jar as Kelsey Downer draws raffle winners. (Photo by: Sallyann Hadyniak)
Socializing after barbecue are, from left, Martha Story Foisy, David and Ann Marie Adamson, Trudy and Ron Price, Tim and Cindy Abbott, and Paul Foisy. (Photo by: Sallyann Hadyniak)
Fire Chief Jim Waterman presents first place trophy to Myrick Cross for the winning Freedom Community Historical Society float. (Photo by: Sallyann Hadyniak)
Joey Grassi and dad Prentice show off their second-place trophy for their float, "Farms Need Birds." (Photo by: Sallyann Hadyniak)
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