Liberty Fest branches out to entertain all


OBSERVER Staff Writer

COLLINS — The seventh annual Liberty Fest persevered through a little rain in the beginning and ended with a 15-minute sky-brightening firework display that had a little bit of everything for the festival goers.

“Well I think God was blessing us with some nice weather, for sure,” codirector of Liberty Fest and Collins Deputy Supervisor Mary Clark said after the rain departed. “This is our seventh Liberty Fest and it’s been a little slow getting started, but now we have the different activities for the kids and people are starting to mill in. We got the music going and it’s really nice.”

Liberty Fest, held in Collins Town Park, had live music by NY Rocking Revue, food vendors, face painting, a photo booth and even a caricature artist. The wide array helped appease the different niches that the Collins residents emulate. From young to old and everything in the middle, Liberty Fest aimed to please all.

“I think that what makes this a community. … We can have the older people, who you see talking to the kids and we try to have a lot of things for the kids to do because that does bring families here and that’s what we want,” Clark added. “We have the music for the teens and older people and all these kinds of things for the younger kids.”

On July 4th weekend, firework displays are in the bigger areas. Buffalo and Dunkirk will, of course, have their fireworks, however, Collins came to compete. With money donated by Gernatt Asphalt, the 15-minutes of fireworks helped bridge the area without a display. This weekend, there will be fireworks all over, although, the Collins area would need to travel a minimum of 25 minutes, if not for Liberty Fest.

“People need to know that small towns could offer things for everyone. Not just for rural people, but people from the larger areas like West Seneca, Orchard Park and Hamburg,” Clark said. “We have things to offer, too. We’ve been able to sort of put Collins back on the map.”

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