Steve Knox: Festival offers food, music, fun—and a cross
I've written about Freedom Fest for several years. Being the single largest one day event in Rock County, it's hard not to notice the event on the grounds of New Life at the corner of Wright and 14. I remember when I first stumbled upon the event. It was in 2002 when I looked out from my house that was being built just over a mile away. The flashes and booms over the tree line were incredible. Fast forward to 2014 and it's big. Really big.
It's about the fun. If you haven't noticed, the parking lot is full of rides soon to be assembled for thousands to ride for free. There will be no wrist bands or tickets. Just get in line and ride all day. It's big. Really big.
There's music. Citizen Way, locals that made it big in the Christian music world will hit the stage. The headliner is American Idol performer and recording star Mandisa. Even Pat Williams, VP of the Orlando Magic will hit the stage. He drafted Shaq. Big. Really big.
There's the day of compassion from 10-2. You can stop in for a free health screening and dental check sponsored by Mercy Health. Convoy of Hope donated a 53 foot trailer of food. Blackhawk Community Credit Union employees and members will be bagging and distributing. Looking for a job? The job center will be on site. Clothing needs? Yes, there will be a clothing area for distribution. It's big. Really big.
Don't forget the fireworks! Wow, really big! My favorite part is seeing the hundreds of unsuspecting motorists who see the show as they slowly drive by. Funny, and big!
Yep, it's big. Really big. Yet, it's small. It's a blip on the radar compared to the mission of the church. This event and everything this church does supports their mission of making Janesville and the surrounding area Christ conscious. The 60 foot cross is small, the event is small. God is bigger.
I hope to see you this Saturday. I'll be there playing a small part in a big event. If you see a goofy looking, middle aged guy on bike patrol be sure to say hi.