Fort Polk to host FreedomFest starting July 2nd

The following is a news release from Fort Polk:

Celebrate independence with Fort Polk community DFMWR A 36-foot slide, bungee trampoline and inflated sea park - these are just a few of the attractions lined up for FreedomFest 2011.

You'll have to see these inflatables -- all 10 of them -- to believe them. Kids will love the "Fun Center" that incorporates slides, obstacles and bounce areas all in one fun game.

They'll also love the carousel and circus train bouncer. Big kids (and kids of all ages) can view the entire festival from atop any of the giant slides, all more than 25 feet tall.

Four people at a time can jump on the bungee trampoline. The "Eliminator" is an obstacle course that features scaling walls, a side tunnel and giant slide to the finish line.

More than 25 Family Readiness Groups will set up games, dunking booths, face painting and even hair painting stations to raise money for their organizations, so you can entertain the kids and help a good cause at the same time.

FreedomFest 2011 kicks off at 3 p.m. at Headquarters Field July 2. It is free and open to the public. There is no on-site parking available, so shuttle service for vehicles with Department of Defense decals, is provided from these locations:
* Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital
* Mission Command Training Center
* Library and Education Center
* Perez Field
* Exchange and commissary

All other vehicles must park at Honor Field on La. Hwy 10 and ride the shuttle bus onto post.

You may bring blankets or lawn chairs to mark your place in front of the stage.

Don't bring pets, weapons, coolers, tents, alcohol or glass bottles. This is an outside event and it will be hot.

Young children, the elderly and anyone else with special medical concerns should take precautions to make sure they don't get overheated.

Call 531-1955 or go to for more information.