HOBART — The General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum is scheduled to host the Eighth Annual Celebration of Freedom on June 17 -18.
The two-day event is dedicated to celebrating patriotism, honoring the armed forces and remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms Americans enjoy. Adults and children of all ages are invited to attend this family friendly event.
Celebration of Freedom will kick off 9 a.m. June 17 with carnival rides in downtown Hobart and the Skeet and Trap Shoot event at the Hobart Gun Range. Oklahoma’s largest silent auction, featuring unique items such as a buffalo hunt on Four Star Ranch, will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will close 5 p.m. June 18. Celebration of Freedom attendees will also hear live music as well as an array of craft and food vendors during the event.
Festivities will continue 8 a.m. June 18, with the annual Motorcycle Poker Run. This is a one-of-a-kind freedom ride through the Wichita Mountains. The Poker Run will depart from Wind River Harley in Lawton, with the last bike out at 9:45 a.m. The caravan will meet for the final draw and Thunder Run line-up at the Hobart Municipal Airport at 2:30 p.m. Gen. Tommy Franks will lead the Thunder Run through downtown Hobart. Registration for the Poker Run is $25 and includes the ride plus one hand. Additional hands are available for purchase. Participants can preregister online at CelebrationofFreedom.com or complete registration at Wind River Harley on the day of the event.
Other June 18 morning events include the Wild Hog Fly-in and pancake breakfast at the Hobart Airport, the 5K Fun Run and Bike Ride in downtown Hobart and the Celebration of Freedom Lil’ Mr. and Miss Pageant. Attendees can also enjoy the Patriot Parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Hobart. Guests who visit for the parade will witness more than 100 entrants of all kinds, including marching bands, floats, horses, cars, tractors and many veterans. Other festivities Saturday include the Daisy Shooting Range, silent auction, a quilt show, the “Southwest Oklahoma’s Got Talent” show, free museum tours and a book signing with Franks.
Celebration of Freedom attendees will also see a live performance from local band Choctaw Line 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Throughout the weekend the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum will honor veterans with special tributes. Everyone is invited to register local veterans and veterans that will be in attendance at CelebrationofFreedom.com so that they may be recognized on stage.
“Celebration of Freedom isn’t just for those who reside in Hobart,” Franks said. “This special event is for all Americans to celebrate patriotism. We created this celebration in order to commemorate, honor and remember our brave men and women in uniform. We invite everyone to join us in celebration.”
All proceeds from the event will support educational programming at the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum. These educational programs include Four Star Leadership with General Tommy Franks, Inspired Leadership Challenge, the Road Show and Classroom and the Inspired Leadership Experience.
For more information regarding Celebration of Freedom or to register for an event please call 580-726-5900, or visit CelebrationofFreedom.com.
Celebration of Freedom, held annually in Hobart since 2008, is a celebration dedicated to patriotism and honoring those active in the military, as well as those who have given their all for the freedoms we enjoy. Celebration of Freedom is presented by the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum, a historical foundation dedicated to telling the story of the United States military and education. All proceeds from Celebration of Freedom go to support the educational programs at the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum. For more information visit CelebrationofFreedom.com.