Rich Pix photographer Craig found out about this new festival in Fountain Valley, so the Rich Pix crew decided to check it out Friday. It runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Here’s what we discovered.
We didn’t know what to expect from the Summer Freedom Festival being held this weekend (Aug. 11-13) in Mile Square Park, right off the 405 Freeway. This wonderful urban park is certainly one of the gems of Orange County.
Checking in, we found that parking was free for the festival. Usually, you have to pay $3 per car on weekdays.
For a first time event, the Orange County Parks Department certainly outdid itself. And we understand a special thanks goes to Supervisor Andrew Do for the grand event. Thanks Andy!
Set among the grassy meadows and shady trees around the park’s small lake, the venue certainly is welcoming on a warm summer’s day. I was surprised there was so much cool shade, and the county even did one better by erecting a large shade over the seating in front of the stage.
There were even tables set up under canopies next to the food vendors and beer garden. Awesome!
There was a line of food trucks, as well as a variety of food booths to choose from. Want Vietnamese food, no problem, barbecue, check, grilled lobster tail, delicious!
And the food vendors were very nice! We decided to grab some refreshing strawberry ice tea at one place. The staff were so nice, offering us free samples of their many drinks. Try the taro, it’s the best seller!
And there’s a nice beer garden, where adults can enjoy some wine and beer under several canopies. Security checks your ID to make sure you’re over 21 years of age.
Entertainment featured area bands battling for a $5,000 cash prize in the Sounds of OC music competition. The information desk said nearly a dozen bands had signed up. Competition begins noon Saturday, followed by 30 hours of performances. May the best band win!
There was plenty of seats available and we enjoyed listening to a DJ while we finished our iced tea. The sound system really sounded great, not too loud, but crisp and clean.
Of course, there were the usual information booths, ranging from county services to health agencies. And you could buy almost anything from the long rows of vendors. I’ve never seen a fortune teller at one of these festivals, but there she was.
And kids of all ages will enjoy the carnival rides set up in another area. We saw some old favorites ranging from a giant slide to old fashioned rocket ships and hot rods. A couple looked pretty scary, like the alien ship thingy.
Looked like a great family festival! There were lots of private security as well deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. I especially liked the mounted patrol meandering through the festival grounds.
Mile Square Park is located at 16801 Euclid St. on the corner of Edinger and Euclid in Fountain Valley.
For more information or details please visit us at: www.summerfreedomfestival.com.