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Freedom Fest draws large crowds to old Illiana field for food, fun, and community

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (July 31, 2021) — Freedom Church pastor Eric Hampton reported that more than 1,200 people had registered for Freedom Fest on Saturday, July 31. Whether or not all 1,200 attended the three-hour event is hard to say, but the large crowds that did gather brought the field behind Freedom Church alive in a way that hasn’t been seen since Illiana events took place in that space.

Starting at noon, Freedom Fest opened, offering local families an opportunity to receive school supplies, play games, eat a variety of food, pet and ride animals, listen to live music, and more.

Pastor Hampton and Pastor Thaddeus Searcy of Freedom Church both want Freedom to be the kind of church that gives to its community. That community has been Lansing since the church came to town last year, and the church’s leadership team hopes to continue planning events and ministries that benefit Lansing.

Freedom Fest ran from 12 – 3 p.m. in the field west of Freedom Church.

One minute of Freedom: Highlights from Freedom Fest

Freedom Church is located at 2261 Indiana Avenue in Lansing, Illinois. More information about the church and its vision is available at freedchurch.org or facebook.com/FreedomChurchMinistries.

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Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.