Vendor Deadline Fast Approaching for 2023
Planning is in full swing for the annual Freedom Fair & Fireworks Festival for 2023 which will be held in downtown New Castle beginning at 12 noon on July 29 and conclude with a Fireworks show by Starfire Corporation that will begin at 10 p.m. Fireworks will be set off from area near the City of New Castle police station at the Riverwalk Park end of town in the parking lot where Days Inn used to be located.
“We are excited to be able to bring a longer show to the event and have fireworks set off close to the vendors and near the downtown space where the food vendors and all Festival event activities will be located,” says Shelley Vendemia, DON Events Coordinator. “To be able to bring a longer display to the event, we will do a slightly lower show this year and encourage everyone to come downtown to participate in the Freedom Fair & Fireworks Festival by visiting with vendors, eating some great festival food and enjoying live entertainment from the Riverwalk stage.”
An event of this magnitude is not possible without community support through sponsorships, in-kind donations, and volunteer support the day of the event. Gold event sponsors include the Ellwood Group and DON. Silver sponsors include Visit Lawrence County and Central Heating & Plumbing. Bronze sponsors include Forward Lawrence, WesBanco, Preston Auto Group, Primary Health Network, Berner International, Lawrence County Special Olympics, PNC Bank, DON Recovery, Arts & Education at the Hoyt, and GNC Community Federal Credit Union. Additional sponsorships include Davevic Benefit Consultants, The Confluence, and Living Treasures.
“We are also excited to once again partner with some great vendors to bring the festival to life,” says Vendemia.
Vendors to date include Nicholas Games, 4 U Mobility, Aloha Glow, Demz Jarz by Hope Majesty, Walker’s Volunteer Search party, Safe in Home, Ally’s Bling, Lawrence County Association for Responsible Care, United Healthcare and Pam’s Passion for Gifts. In addition to The Confluence remaining open to serve food, outside food stations will offer everything from entrees to dessert and drinks and feature crowd favorites to include: Henry’s Ice Cream, Mary’s Middle Eastern Restaurant, Little Nickys, The Snowman, Waffle Guy, Nina’s Italian Ice, Ventisei Winery, Little Johnny’s II, Big Daddy’s Rolling Smoke BBQ, Kathy’s Katering and Union Station Distillery.
A full entertainment schedule is also taking shape with performances throughout the afternoon by Joey Henderson, Meatless Stew, Dante Di Thomas Swing Band, Lawrence County Brass Band. The headline act is Grandview Soul which will perform beginning at 7 p.m.
The event will stretch from Riverwalk Park to South Mercer Street and feature children’s activities, a street magician and informational vendors. There is still time to register to participate. Vendors applications are still available and will be accepted until July 14. Contact Shelley Vendemia for more information at 724-652-5144 ext. 181.