On July 5th and 6th, the Burnsville community came together with the common goal to celebrate Independence Day and provide free entertainment to the local community, as well as the campers and boaters at Burnsville Lake.
After months of planning and a lot of hard work from the Burnsville Freedom Festival committee, the Town of Burnsville staff, the Burnsville Lake U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff, the Friends of Burnsville Lake, the Burnsville Lake Volunteers, and the many dedicated members of the local community and surrounding counties, the Burnsville Freedom Festival kicked off Friday, July 5th in downtown Burnsville with a parade. An all-star cast of Bobber, the Water Safety Dog, Smokey the Bear, and Uncle Sam got the chance to spread the message of safety to a town full of people. After the parade was over, there was a doggie pageant that rewarded the most patriotic dogs in small, medium, and large categories.
The main event day for the festival was Saturday, July 6th, with doubts of its success because of the weather forecast predictions, the committee moved forward and chanced the day. Over the course of the day Burnsville Lake had over 5,000 visitors to its grounds and got to view the 25' x 40' American Flag that was draped over the Burnsville Dam. The festival had something for just about everyone, to include: a cornhole tournament, a diaper derby, The Dam Bike Show, free live music, a giant waterslide, a bounce house, face painting, the WV National Guard gaming trailer, a spouse calling contest, various games to interact with the crowd, memorial luminaries, food vendors, and much more! The day ended with the sky over the Burnsville Dam being illuminated with a fireworks display that could be enjoyed and seen by land and water.
The Freedom Festival was such a huge success that the committee and all other entities have decided to make this an annual event and the date of next year's celebration is Saturday, July 4th.
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