Beginning one day before the Fourth of July and wrapping up July 7, the Berlin Freedom Fest lit up the town both figuratively and literally with its carnival-like excitement and dazzling fireworks.
Taking place at the Berlin Lions fairgrounds, local residents and others were eager to see what the fest had in store.
They were not disappointed.
With modest $5 parking and no entrance fee, thousands flocked to the smell of fair food that radiated from the grounds. Numerous rides, including the Starship 3000 and the Ferris wheel, lit up the area, adding to the already thrilling atmosphere.
For any that preferred to watch rather than participate, a free, circus-like World of Wonders show offered sword swallowers, fire-eaters, escape artists, and many other acts. Carnival games such as balloon popping and the basketball shoot also lined the grounds.
Luckily, weather was not too much of an issue, as a potential thunderstorm on Friday was much less serious than anticipated.
The rest of the days were filled with sunshine and amusement.
Both rides and entertainment were provided by Dreamland Amusements, the same company that the Berlin Lions Club uses for the Berlin Fair. The Lions Club was also the host of this event, with Dreamland Amusements covering all costs.
One of the highlights of the fest was a demolition derby, held at 7:30 on Friday night. Spectators gathered early to watch the action, and as the dust settled almost 20 minutes later, car No. 25 stood supreme and was met with applause.
However, the fireworks were undeniably the showcase of the event.
The display kicked off at 9:30 sharp on July 4, and onlookers were treated to a 15-minute display of lights and booms that echoed throughout the town. By the end, attendees on-site were joined by onlookers from the street in watching the colorful finale.
The Freedom Fest wrapped up on Saturday, concluding with another fireworks display equally as spectacular as the first.
Although not set to return to town, many who attended the event hope to once again be welcomed to a Freedom Fest this time next year.