Former Civil War battleground to host ‘Freedom Fest’ | News
The Promise Seekers Riders Motorcycle Ministry (MM), based at Promise Seekers Church in Sacramento, will host “Freedom Fest” beginning at 9 a.m. on June 25 at the Sacramento Battlefield.
Bradley Clement, vice president of Promise Seekers Riders MM and creator of the event, said he had held a similar event at his home in Millport for the past four years under the name ‘Lighting Up Millport’, which gained in popularity and attendance.
“Last year we had over 130 people in my garden, and I overran (that space),” Clément said.
Clement came up with ideas to expand the event, such as having a 100-mile motorcycle ride to kick off the event, which involves going from the battlefield to Sacramento and Buttonsberry before going through Central City, Dunmor and Greenville before to come back. in the county around 12:30 p.m.
Eventually, the event turned into a collaborative effort, with the Dixie Flyers Motorcycle Club in Madisonville sponsoring a bike show, which will be hosted by Mike (Pig Pen) Shannon.
A car club will also come on board to organize a show on the same day.
Entertainment will be provided by three to four Christian worship groups, and food trucks will also be on hand offering festival-style staples. The church youth group will be selling snow cones.
A fireworks display will also take place from around 9:15 p.m.
Muhlenberg County History Group, Sons of Confederate Veterans and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, both of Calhoun, and Sons of the American Revolution of Owensboro will also be on hand, as Clement is involved. in all organizations.
The Sons of the Confederate Veterans will periodically fire their cannon throughout the event and will also lead the first nightly fireworks display.
The Sons of the American Revolution will hold a live reading at 5 p.m. of the Declaration of Independence and will have an unsigned copy of the document as well as a quill for attendees to sign.
They will also offer a flag folding program to explain what each fold represents.
Additional blueprints include vendors that offer shirts, cups, and different crafting items.
“We just sort of (thrown out) ideas and this thing just keeps growing,” Clement said.
One of the big parts of the event is “Kids Que”, a pork chop cooking contest between 30 children divided into two age groups between 8-11 and 12-15.
Young participants will be allowed to keep the grill and utensils they use in the contest, and prizes will be awarded to those who place first and second in their respective age groups.
Clement said Millport’s move to Sacramento for this event was due both to the expansion of the fireworks display and his involvement in re-enacting the Battle of Sacramento with his wife, Stacy Clement, Departmental Secretary, and their daughter, Ashlynn Clement, for several years, and he felt the event would help rejuvenate the space that hasn’t been used since the reenactment was canceled last April.
“We hate to see that pitch just sitting there,” he said.
The event must be in line with the mission and values of the Ministry of Motorcycles, formalized in October 2021.
Stacy Clement said the ministry aims to promote “good, clean, family-friendly Christian entertainment” while raising funds for the non-profit Christian organization Set Free Mission Bible Training Center in Greenville.
“This motorcycle ministry has opened so many doors for us to be able to do that (and) serve outside of the church,” Bradley Clement said.
He looks forward to the big day and the continued support the ministry has received so far.
“I hope it will be such a good success that it will be an annual event that we can attract more of the community and the public to,” he said.
If you would like to enroll a child in “Kids Que”, contact Johnny Speight at 270-871-3107.