(Carole Fineberg) – Once upon a time, when the economy was very bad and lots of people were unemployed and worried about whether they would ever find work again, Nevadans felt a palpable loss of faith in their country, their government and themselves. Some friends got together to see if they could plan something fun, something uplifting, something prideful in the community. They studied dates, and the only date without a conflict was Sunday, September 11. Not another thing was planned in northernNevadato remember the event that forever changed our world ten years ago on that date.
And the Freedom Fair was born.
This event is being billed as “A Celebration of Everything Great About America.” Organizers are creating a day of positive energy and pride in their community and in the country.
The Fair will be held in the parking lot in the southeast corner of the intersection at South Virginia and Moana inReno.
Sunday, September 11, from 3:00 PM to dusk, will be a day of fun, positive energy—a day when everyone can forget their troubles for a few hours.
Attendees can listen to live music, elected officials, and speakers; try some food; learn about the history of our flag. Veterans’ groups, Gold Star and Blue Star Moms, various clubs and businesses around town will have booths. Children can play in a Bounce House, get their faces painted, or watch a balloon-maker fashion their favorite animal.
The Piute Indian Nation Veterans will conduct a unique flag ceremony. Several booths will distribute pocket Constitutions. Additionally, community outreach booths will be sponsored by Scouts, Jr. ROTC.RenoFire Department andRenoPolice.
Commander Kirk Lippold will give his presentation on surviving the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in 2000. The Veterans’ House will be represented, and we will conclude the day with a candlelight vigil at dusk, remembering those lost on 9/11 and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice defending the freedoms of our country.
Organizers anticipate that this year’s event will be the catalyst to an annual Freedom Fair and serve as an example for other communities to follow.
The organization is completely grassroots with a minimal budget and needs volunteers, vendors, exhibitors and sponsors.
Go to the website, www.FreedomFairNV.com for information and Vendor, Exhibitor and Sponsor forms. Call Carole Fineberg, 775-622-9811 for information.