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Independence Day celebrated at FreedomFest

7/3/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

GREEN — The City of Green celebrated Independence Day a week early with FreedomFest, which took place June 27-28 at Boettler Park.

The preholiday activities began on June 27 with the Taste of Green, which offered food from local restaurants and food vendors, along with entertainment.

On June 28, the event added hot air balloon rides, inflatables, games, paddleboat rides, Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show, the MacConmara Academy of Irish Dance and more. One of those activities included a mechanical bucking bronco. Shown at top is 8-year-old Teagan Minor, of North Canton, taking a ride on the machine.

A misting tent and a water slide helped to keep everyone cool on the hot day. Pictured below is 5-year-old Ashlyn Minor, of North Canton, enjoying the slide.

The day finished with a concert by the Journey tribute band Escape and fireworks, pictured above right.

Other Independence Day celebrations are taking place throughout the area. For a listing of events, see “July 4th celebrations span full week” in the June 27, 2014, issue or visit the archives at www.akron.com.

— By Maria Lindsay

Photos: Dale Dong

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