EAST MOLINE, Ill. (August 13, 2018) – East Moline’s annual Freedom Fest featuring a car and bike show, Kids Zone, live music, over a hundred crafters, artists and market vendors and a pre-festival motorcycle ride with six-time UFC champion Randy Couture fills East Moline’s 15th Avenue with family fun and community pride from 2 – 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 18.
“It’s all about bringing the community together,” said Patricia Hansen, president of East Moline Main Street. “With activities including inflatables for the kids, and a drag car and bike show for the adults, people of all ages are welcome to participate in the fun."
The Ride for Our Troops motorcycle event, hosted by Randy Couture’s Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation, kicks off the fun. Biker registration is from 9 – 10:30 a.m. and the ride begins at 11 a.m. Couture will be at Freedom Fest from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. for a meet and greet raising funds for wounded veterans.
“We’re excited to bring Randy to East Moline,” Hansen said. “With a mission to honor the veterans of America’s armed forces, his foundation aligns perfectly with Freedom Fest.”
Items for sale at the vendor market range from one-of-a-kind clothing and crafts to hand-crafted furniture and welded art. Children can spend time in the Kids Zone which includes giant inflatables, face painting, balloons, and learning activities.
The Main Drag Car and Bike Show roars into Freedom Fest at 5 p.m.
New to Freedom Fest this year is the Freedom Fest Pin-up Girl Contest sponsored by The Dance Connection and Hey Bryan’s.
“The Pin-up Girl Contest is a great way to showcase the classic glamour of the 40s, 50s and 60s,” Hansen said. “We’re looking forward to discovering our own local pin-up stars.”
Freedom Fest concludes with local favorites Wicked Liz & the Bellyswirls performing from 8 – 11 p.m.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the entire festival.
For more information about Freedom Fest or registration for the Ride for Our Troops and Freedom Fest Pin-up Girl Contest, visit www.facebook.com/EastMolineFreedomFest/.
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