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Edmond's 44th LibertyFest starts Saturday, with events through July Fourth

Fireworks go off behind Old North Tower at the University of Central Oklahoma for the finale of the 2015 LibertyFest. [PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

Fireworks go off behind Old North Tower at the University of Central Oklahoma for the finale of the 2015 LibertyFest. [PHOTO BY DOUG HOKE, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

EDMOND — This year's LibertyFest will salute Team USA, with University of Central Oklahoma Paralympic athletes serving as parade marshals for the Fourth of July celebration.

LibertyFest activities start Saturday and conclude with a 9:30 p.m. fireworks show July 4 on the UCO campus.

This is the 44th year for LibertyFest.

Last year, more than 125,000 people attended events that are organized and produced by more than 500 volunteers. LibertyFest was chosen by CNN and USA Today as one of the top 10 places to be in America on July 4.

LibertyFest volunteers have scheduled 10 events, beginning with the two-day kite festival that starts Saturday.

"LibertyFest is a dazzling, patriotic, fun-filled family celebration that showcases Edmond through a series of 10 events that help enhance the quality of life and  pride in the community," said June Cartwright, LibertyFest spokeswoman. "It also supports the nonprofit and civic organizations and provides educational opportunities for the citizens."

Zero to 120 mph

New this year are helicopter rides during the Road Rally from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

DWTA will offer helicopter rides for $40 per rider for a four-minute flight, going from zero to 120 mph in seconds. The rides are sponsored by LibertyFest and Furniture Gallery.

The July 4 parade begins at 9 a.m. and will feature more than 120 entries. The 1.5-mile parade has been organized for years by Charles and Jerry James. It begins at University Drive and Ayers Street, continues west to Broadway, goes south to Second Street, east back to University Drive, then north.

ParkFest at UCO starts at 6 p.m. July 4 with free watermelon while the supply lasts. Music, games, family entertainment, contests and food are included.

People are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch the fireworks show and can listen to radio station KZUC 99.3 FM UCentral Radio for music that is synchronized with the fireworks to end the festivities.

No animals are allowed at the parade, ParkFest, Taste of Edmond and the fireworks.

Whet your appetite

Taste of Edmond will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Festival Market Place in downtown Edmond. This is a fundraiser for LibertyFest to help pay for future events. More than 35 restaurants will serve samples during the all-you-can eat event.

Wristbands for Taste of Edmond are on sale in advance for $10 a person; children 10 and younger get in free. The day of the event, the price jumps to $15.

Wristbands can be bought at Edmond Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1030 S Bryant Ave.; Edmond Historical Society, 431 S Boulevard; Edmond Life and Leisure, 107 S Broadway; Fashion Boutique, 104 S Broadway; Fields Jewelry, 12 S Broadway; Gourmet Gallery, 1532 S Boulevard; Sacred Heart Catholic Gifts, 15 S Broadway; and during the LibertyFest Car Show on Saturday at Hafer Park.

A Taste of Edmond is in its 24th year. The annual street party and tasting event started June 15, 1991, with 20 restaurants, in a small building on Broadway with 500 people attending.

Other LibertyFest events

Car Show: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Hafer Park, free for the public.

KiteFest: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and after sundown Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Mitch Park (weather permitting). Free admission. Enter off Santa Fe Avenue, north of Covell.

Miss LibertyFest Pageant: Teen Pageant, 3 p.m. Saturday; Miss LibertyFest Pageant, 7 p.m. Saturday, Edmond Santa Fe High School, $15.

Rodeo: 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Carl Beene Rodeo Grounds, 300 N Kelly Ave. Adults $10, children 11 and younger, $5.

Road Rally: First car out at 11 a.m. Sunday. Register and start at Earl's Rib Palace, 2121 S Broadway. Fee is $10 per vehicle. Awards ceremony at 5 p.m.

UCO Summer Band Concert: 7:30 p.m. June 30 near Buddy's Cafeteria, watch for signs on campus.

To learn more

For more information, go to www.libertyfest.org.

Related Photos
<p>Boy Scouts carry American flags in last year's LibertyFest parade in downtown Edmond. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]</p>

Boy Scouts carry American flags in last year's LibertyFest parade in downtown Edmond. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

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