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Music and kids events featured at LFR festival

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 5:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 3, 2014 5:56 p.m. CDT
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Mt. Morris residents who have reached or are approaching their 100th birthdays have been named marshals of the Let Freedom Ring Grand Parade. Pictured left to right in the back row are: Betty Solyom, Everett Kested, Charlie Forsyth, and Millie Smith.  Front row: Marie Wright, Mildred Jecklin, Everette “Buckshot” Henderson, and Ruth Balluff. Some of them will be riding in the parade which steps off at 2 p.m. July 4. Photo supplied
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The annual ringing of the Illinois Freedom Bell will be held at 1 p.m. on July 4 in downtown Mt. Morris.

Lots of music and more activities for kids will add to the family fun as Mt. Morris rolls out the red carpet for this year's Let Freedom Ring festival.Eleven bands will be on stage during the four-day festival, LFR Committee Chairman Mark Lewis said, and youngsters will find 11 inflatables added to the usual events just for them on Saturday for Kids Day."We have expanded kids' events on Saturday," Lewis said. "Besides the Kiddie Parade and kiddie water fights, we're doing more by having a bouncy house and other inflatables."Kids Day will also feature wrist bands where kids can have unlimited access to the activities for a set cost, he said.A new family event this year will be the Family Feud Game Show Saturday at 6 p.m. at the band shell.The festival gets off to a traditional start Wednesday, July 2 with two pageants — the Little Miss & Mr. Firecracker contest at 6 p.m. at the band shell followed closely by the Let Freedom Ring Queen contest at 7 p.m.Eight Oregon High School seniors — Abigail Baker, Samantha Miller, Beth Obendorf, Kelsey Pudlas, Sarah Scott, Soledad Silva, Kristin Vandesand, and Lexie Walker — are vying for the honor.The evening will conclude with a patriotic concert performed by the Kable Concert Band.Fourth of July highlights, Lewis said, are the Firemen's Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the fire station, the Patriotic Program at noon at the band shell followed by the ringing of the Official Illinois State Freedom Bell, the Grand Parade at 2 p.m., topped off the fireworks at dusk.For a complete schedule visit the festival website at www.letfreedomringfestival.com.

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