Parade, music, fireworks mark celebration

Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

Despite threatening weather conditions, a large crowd turned out for Freer's "Third Annual Freedom Fest" held Saturday at the Duval-Freer Airport.

"Everything has gone well," said Mayor Arnoldo Cantu shortly after the gates opened. "I think everyone will have a good time."

Around the grounds folks enjoyed activities such as water slides, moonwalks and a bingo sponsored by ConocoPhillips Company, along with arts and crafts booths for browsing around the grounds.

There were also plenty of food and beverage stands available as well.

Among those visiting the festival were State Rep. Ryan Guillen and his wife, Dalinda.

"We're happy to be here," he said smiling. "We wanted to come by, see what was going on and it looks like people are having a great time."

Musical concert entertainment was provided by local and area bands, which included Country Rio, Conjuncto Temblor, Southern Profile and Eric "El Chevalon" Flores, the TexMex Kadillaks and Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution.

A fireworks display courteous of Newman Operating Company concluded the event.

Prior to the fest, a morning parade kicked off the early July 4th celebration, led by Grand Marshal Ruben Ramos.

Trophies were awarded in the following categories:

Car Clubs

1st Place, Andy and Tanner Bierstedt 2nd Place, William Upton 3rd Place, Motorcycle Club

Floats

1st Place, Freer High School Cheerleaders, 2nd Place, 2007 Miss Fourth of July Royalty, Miss Fourth of July Jacki Maggard, Junior Miss Fourth of July Angelica Villarreal and Little Miss Fourth of July Renae Garza 3rd Place, Freer Junior High Cheerleaders

Decorated Vehicles

1st Place, 2007 Miss Fourth of July, 1st Runner Up Ashlee Gonzalez 2nd Place, 2007 Miss Fourth of July, 2nd Runner Up Gabriella Rosa 3rd Place, Catholic Daughters of America.