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Freedom Festival pays tribute to true meaning behind Independence Day

July 3, 2005

Dougherty County- It started off as a simple picnic and somehow grew into a full blown Fourth of July Celebration.

"We just wanted to do something for the community, that would be fun and would be safe for families to come to," said Stephen Kendrick, Sherwood Baptist Church.

It's the first Freedom Festival put on by Sherwood Baptist Church with an attempt to celebrate the true meaning behind Independence Day.

"I think a lot of people celebrate by eating a hot dog and watching fireworks, but they don't really talk about why we're doing what we're doing," said Kendrick.

"We live in a great country, we can do things like this, and not be afraid of anything, we can worship God whenever we want to, wherever we want to and I'm just real proud of our President," said Marla Chambless, of Dawson.

"That's what we have here and that's what we're trying to establish in the other country, so we want to establish freedom and show them what it's all about," said Andrea Gibson, of Albany.

"I think for the children it's more about fun, but there are some thing about being patriotic that always bring tears to my eyes," said Chambless.

There were inflatable games of all kinds including a Velcro wall.

"The main idea to get up there far is you want to run back and run then jump then try to get on there," said Matt Walden of Dawson.

There was plenty to eat including Fourth of July favorites, watermelon and corn on the cob. But after the food is eaten and the fireworks all set off it's the freedoms we have that make this a great time to celebrate.

"We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," said Kendrick.

Festival coordinators say this is just the first of many Freedom Festivals they plan to host.

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