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by Gina Myers

The FreeMusic Fest takes place on Saturday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to dusk in Freeland's Tittabawassee Park. Now in its third year, the FreeMusic Fest has grown to become a community event that is sure to have something for everyone, from live entertainment from a variety of musical acts, to vendors, children's activities and a charity disc golf tournament. Here are some of the highlights of what to expect:

FreeMusic

The FreeMusic Fest began as a music festival and has grown into something much bigger, but music still lies at the center of the day's festivities. This year features a variety of artists from the Tri-cities and beyond. Event organizer Ben Cohen of Phoenix Productions is especially excited about this year's line-up. "This is our most in-depth line-up yet," he says. "I am just blown away by the amount of talent that has agreed to come together for this event."

The music gets underway at noon. Kimberly Megoran, of Midland, who performs with a backup band as Kimberly & Co., opens the day, followed by Freeland's own Jimmy & The Growlers. Two favorites of the local music scene, Saginaw's The Bearinger Boys and Bay City's The Thunderchickens, take the next two time slots. They are followed by Mid-Michigan's After the Dust. Galactic Sherpas, from Boyne City, took the FreeMusic Fest by surprise last year and are returning for their second year. Scott Baker & the Universal Expressions, of Bay City, will follow the Galactic Sherpas. Then, pop rock favorites, Brett Mitchell & the giant GHOST, of Midland, will perform. Closing out the night is Midland's Maybe August. Throughout the day, Acoustix, an acoustic duo composed of Tyler Short and Cody Box, will be performing, filling the time between bands' set-ups and take-downs.

To read more about the bands, visit http://theFreeMusicFest.com.

Kids Korner

New to this year's FreeMusic Fest is the Kids Korner, sponsored by Pat's Food Center. The Kids Korner will feature a bounce house, face painting, games, and more. Children can also sign up for the FreeMusic coloring contest at Pat's (7620 Midland Road, Freeland) now through the 11th. Participating children will be eligible to win prizes, and the winner will be announced at the Fest.

Making Change Through Chains

"Making Change Through Chains," the charity disc golf tournament, is also new to this year's FreeMusic Fest. For those interested in competing, you can register online here. The cost to participate is $20, or you can drop off a bag of food items to Tim Boychuck's State Farm Insurance Office (967 S. Saginaw Rd., Midland), from now until June 11th to register at no cost. If there are spots still available the day of the event, you can register on-site. All tournament participants will receive a tournament t-shirt and a free lunch provided by Tim Boychuck.

All proceeds go to benefit Shelterhouse and The Open Door.

Vendors

There will be a number of vendors set up in Tittabawasse Park throughout the day. Elephant Ear Express will be selling food and drinks, including hot dogs, sloppy joes, coney dogs, cotton candy, and more. There will also be a vendor selling Italian ice and ice cream.

There will be a variety of arts and crafts vendors from around the state with wares available for sale. The ever-popular Traveling Tie-Dye Party will be on site, and sponsor Midland Ford will have some vehicles on display. Other businesses on site include Rewards for Recycling, DreamTracers, Roth Shirt Co., Henna Art by Becca, Body Art Factory, and Hair Wraps from Tiffany's Unique Boutique.

Both Z 93 and 94.5 will be broadcasting from the FreeMusic Fest from 12 to 2 p.m.

The FreeMusic Fest is sponsored by Phoenix Productions, Tim Boychuck, State Farm Insurance, Pat's Food Center, United Financial Credit Union, 360 Main Street, Z 93, Dstreet Entertainment, Midland Ford and the Moose 94.5. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to dusk on Saturday, June 12. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://theFreeMusicFest.com.

© Gina Myers, 2010