Individuals who attend the city's annual Freedom Fest celebration on Saturday, June 25, will not go hungry.
Terry Triphahn, who volunteered to be in charge of vendor recruitment for the festival, informed members of the St. Clair Parks and Recreation Board that so far nearly 20 food vendors have been locked in for the event.
"We have probably 20 booths so far," Triphahn said during the April 25 meeting in city hall. "Almost all of those are food booths. There are a couple of craft booths, but the rest are food."
Freedom Fest begins at 1 p.m. on the last Saturday of June in Orchard Park. It will culminate with a fireworks display at dusk.
Board members continued discussion and the planning of the event during their regular monthly meeting.
Triphahn, former executive director of the St. Clair Chamber of Commerce, said she has sent about 150 letters to potential vendors. Vendor prices are $40 without and $60 with electricity for a food booth, $20 without and $40 with electricity for a nonfood booth, and $10 without and $20 with electricity for an information-only booth.
The information booth is a new category this year, former park board president and now Ward 2 Alderman Barb McGlenn said.
The deadline for booth reservations is June 15. Checks should be made payable to the St. Clair Parks and Recreation Department and should be submitted in person or through the mail to city hall. A rental form must accompany payment.
The vendors are only part of the celebration as games and activities will be scheduled throughout the day.
Park board President Beth Lauer said St. Clair business Household Sales & Leasing is doing "a ton of games for the kids all day" and other things are planned to keep people busy. Local Boy Scouts also will be running some games and activities, she said.
Among the planned activities are a horseshoe tournament, a little miss and mister beauty pageant, the "Step Into Reading" program for children sponsored by the YMCA, bingo, a rock climbing wall and a softball tournament.
"Our plan is to have something going on all the time," McGlenn said.
The softball tournament will be put on by the regular Friday night St. Clair league, Lauer said. The tourney will begin on Saturday morning and run until about 3 or 4 p.m. that day. It will conclude on Sunday.
"The thought is to bring even more people to our festival," Lauer said. "People who come to the tourney may decide to go to the festival, too."
Softball concessions will stop at noon on Saturday so players and fans wanting something to eat after that can opt to purchase something from one of the vendors in the park.
A 5-kilometer run sponsored by Dr. Bart Coleman is scheduled for early in the day.
Louis the Lightning Bug and the East Central College Falcons mascot will be in attendance during the day.
Both Lauer and McGlenn said prizes still are needed for games, including bingo.
McGlenn said she had six St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets to use as prizes and Pepsi has donated some items that will be used as well.
"We're still working on getting prizes," McGlenn told board members. "We're trying to get donations. We're trying to get as many prizes as we can."
McGlenn said Sandy Peterson donated money so the festival can include some kind of bounce house or larger inflatable game for children.
Anyone wishing to make a donation or provide some prizes can contact the St. Clair License Office at 636-629-6000.
A Kiddie Parade and fun swim will kick off the festivities on Friday night.
Beginning at 6 p.m., the parade, open to youths up to age 12, will start at the downtown gazebo and finish at the community swimming pool at Evergreen Park.
Children are asked to decorate their bicycles of other modes of nonmotorized transportation.
At Evergreen Park, free ice cream will be served. The free family swim is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m.
Originally, the evening was to include a free movie in the park. Lauer said that had to be canceled.