Freedom Fest 2020 canceled amid coronavirus concerns

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(WFXR) — A difficult and heartbreaking decision. That’s how Lois Dawn Fritz of New Freedom Farm describes the decision to cancel Freedom Fest 2020.

Some say it is just an event, but to Lois and the veterans at the farm, it’s much more.

“The good thing about Lois and myself is that we did serve in the military and one of the things they teach you is to adapt and overcome so you adapt to the situation. You overcome and move onto the next mission and that’s what we are going to have to do here.”

Andrew Kintgen, Veteran Mentor

It’s an event that draws thousands of people from across the country.

People from states including Washington State, Arkansas, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Michigan, and Vermont come to rural Virginia for Freedom Fest.

Freedom Farm in Buchanan is a relatively new but very popular event.

In its third year, Freedom Farm founder Louis Dawn Fritz had big plans.

“With Mary Miller Jordan, plane flyovers, our color guard has been bigger and better than ever. I had the most vendors ever and every hotel was booked,” she said, adding that the cancellation saddens her.

Other events are scheduled this spring and summer, which will make rescheduling Freedom Fest difficult.

The farm is a non-profit and the cancellation hurts the bottom line. The organization still has a raffle. Tickets are $12. New Freedom Farm also has t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale at NewFreedomFarm.org.

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