Freedom Fest offers a treat for your taste buds. If you can fry it, smoke it or roast it –– throw it on a bun, sandwich or stick –– and eat it, drink it or slurp it — you’ll find it at Headquarters Field today.
Nearly 15 vendors are traveling to Fort Polk from across the Southeast to serve up gator and shrimp on–a-stick, hot dogs and chili dogs, frog legs, gyros, wings and turkey legs, just to name a few.
If all the smoked and slow roasted food leaves you parched, pick up a smoothie, lemonade or even an Italian ice. Finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with ice cream, funnel cakes and sno-cones.
Your kids should probably wait until all that food settles before jumping on the eight inflatables that will be set up.
More than 15 Family Readiness Groups will host games, dunking booths, face painting and even hair painting stations to raise money for their organizations.
So you can entertain the kids and help a good cause at the same time.
The events timeline is as follows:
• Shuttles begin at 4:30 p.m. and run continuously throughout the event.
• The Chris Watson Band will take the stage at 6 p.m., followed by a 50-gun Salute to the Nation.
• Lynyrd Skynyrd will take the stage to rock Fort Polk at 8:15 p.m.
• The sky will light up with the biggest and best fireworks display in West Central Louisiana at 9:45 p.m.
Freedom Fest is free and open to the public.
Be aware that La. Hwy 467, both south and northbound lanes from Corps Road to Third Street, are closed. The Department of Emergency Services will have detours in place.
There is no onsite parking at the event site. There will be limited handicapped parking available at the site but it will not open until 5 p.m.
Corps Road is closed to through traffic all day today. Only those with access passes will be allowed to travel on Corps Road.
Patrons that do not have a Department of Defense ID card will have to park at Honor Field and ride the shuttle bus to the event site.
Those that have a DoD ID card may park at the following sites and ride the shuttle bus to the event:
•Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital
•The Battle Combat Training Center
• The Library and Education Center
• The commissary/Post Exchange
These items are prohibited at FreedomFest: Pets, weapons, large coolers, personal tents, alcohol, glass bottles, personal fireworks, professional video or still cameras, and large signs or banners.
Seating is not provided so make sure you remember your blankets and chairs.
There is no ATM on site so have plenty of cash on hand.
This is an outside event, and it will be hot. Make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Young children, the elderly and anyone else with special medical concerns should take precautions to make sure they don’t get overheated.
Call 531-1959 or visit www.fortpolkmwr.com and www.facebook.com/fortpolkmwr for more information about this event.