Ball Ground United Methodist Church will sponsor the third annual Faith and Freedom Festival on Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m., in downtown Ball Ground.
David Arthur, head of the planning committee for the festival, said the event will begin with the National Anthem sung by Erin Kirby and an opening ceremony led by Scout Troop 1755.
Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) will be featured as the special guest at 4:30 p.m. and there will be music performances from Julie Gribble, Owl Creek and Scarlet Wool.
This year, the festival will be in downtown Ball Ground, instead of on a nearby baseball field as it was in previous years.
Arthur said the idea of the festival came from Jared Lathem, former pastor of the church to celebrate the “freedom of our country and keeping the faith.”
Kaylen Short, pastor of Ball Ground United Methodist Church, said the event will have a kid’s zone with bouncy areas and a water slide during the day and a special nighttime activity.
“The whole thing culminates in a worship service and a fireworks display that the city puts on,” he said.
The non-denominational service is at 8 p.m.
Short said the festival is an opportunity for the church to put on a community event.
“Particularly with the Fourth of July holiday being so close to when we do it every year, it celebrates our love for God and our love for our country,” he said. “We give people the opportunity to come together as a community in Ball Ground, show off our town and celebrate those two things we care so much about.”
For information visit faithandfreedomfestival.com.