Let Freedom Ring Saturday in Mt. Sterling

The Let Freedom Ring festival is Saturday in Mount Sterling. Events will be held at Veteran’s Field, adjacent to the Mt. Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main St.

“Let Freedom Ring,” the annual celebration of Independence Day in Mount Sterling, literally offers activities for young and old alike.

The festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 27 at Veteran’s Field.

However, the prospect of rain must be considered, based on the forecast.

“It’s all dependent on the rain,” said Annie Tomlinson, center director. “They’ll be things going on in here (in the community center) if it rains.”

Boys and girls can enter a bicycle decorating contest. Their decorations should be in patriotic colors: red, white and blue.

Judging will be held in several age groups: 2-5 (tricycles), 6-9 (bicycles) and 10-12 (bicycles). All bicyclists who decorate their rides will be encouraged to ride in the parade (formation time 10 a.m., step-off, 11 a.m.). It is hosted by American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 417 of Mount Sterling. Judging will take place at 12:30 p.m.

The Little Mr. and Miss Firecracker contest is open to boys and girls ages 4-6. They must be registered online at www.mountsterlingcc.org or at the center. There is a $5 registration donation. Judging will be at 1 p.m. following the parade. Participants are encouraged to enter the parade.

Any quilter, baker or artist may show off their talents at the festival. There are two youth age groups, 12 and under and 13-18, and adult, 19 and older.

Car aficionados can show off their “iron” in the “Cruise-In” Car show. Registration is $5 and trophies, two-footers, will be awarded in four categories: Most Unique, Best Ford, Best Chevy, and Best Mopar.

All car show entrants are encouraged to drive in the parade. Line-up is 10 a.m. at Veteran’s Field. Cruise-In Car Show entrants may register at that time.

Vendors are always welcome at Let Freedom Ring, officials said. Those for-profit entities, including craft/activity/exhibit or flea market, must register and submit a fee of $30. There is no fee for nonprofit organizations who wish to set up a booth. Vendors must provide their own tent and table. Register online on the community center’s website under vendors wanted.

John and David Timmons will hold their annual rock ‘n’ roll trivia show from 1 to 3 p.m. in the gym at the center. It is an event which has grown steadily over the years and draws participants fr0m out of state.

The day’s events culminate with the laser light show at 9:45 p.m.

For more information contact the community center: 740- 869-2453 or email: msccinc@embarqmail.com.

Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.