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Freedom Fest in Pendleton SC

Happy 4th of July!


A Salute to Our Heroes in Pendleton SC

Freedom Fest in Pendleton South Carolina was an old fashioned Patriotic community celebration that was fun for the whole family.

Unfortunately, Friends of the Park was not be able to organize this event for 2012,2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. If any group is interested in organizing this great event for 2017, please contact Pendleton Town Hall. It would be so wonderful if someone would take on this event. We sure miss it.

In 2011 we had Games For The Children with prizes, Great Food including watermelon wedges, Music by DJ Ty Buchanan, Bingo, Bake Sale with a Cake Walk, exhibit by the Palmetto Live Steamers Club, a Salute To Our Heroes and a wonderful performance by the Piney Grove Praise Dance Ministry and the best Fireworks Display anywhere around .Freedom Fest was a fundraiser for the park by Friends of the Park. We asked that folks come early and purchase food and participate in the many scheduled activities.

Over 100 volunteers worked very hard to make this a very special event! Thanks to our generous sponsors, our volunteers and our estimated 3,000 guests, Friends of the Park was thrilled that we made more this year than ever for the Step Up To The Plate Fundraising Campaign to renovate the ball fields and erect a Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park.

Bring your own chair but leave your pets at home! Pets, Coolers, Alcohol and Tobacco are prohibited inside the park gates. No food or drinks can be brought into the park. We have volunteers preparing and selling food and drink so this would be like bringing your own food to a restaurant.

Photos Used On This Page Were Taken By Frank Breazeale, Brenda VanderMey and Nancy Hellams at Freedom Fest 08 and 09. 2010 photos were taken by Frank Breazeale, Nancy Hellams and Photographer Greg Ammons of Ammons Portrait Studio.

The Town of Pendleton welcomes you to Pendleton Freedom Fest 2011 as we celebrate & salute our heroes that protect & serve Our Country. Special thanks to our: Veterans, Servicemen & Women,Police, EMS, and Firefighters. Let Freedom Ring! Happy Birthday, America!

Freedom Fest in Pendleton SC at Veterans Park July 2 from 6:30 to 10 - A Salute to our Heroes

Freedom Fest 2011

Freedom Fest 2011


Freedom Fest Schedule 2011

Don't forget to bring your chair to Freedom Fest - Leave your Pets and Coolers at home, please!



at Veterans Park - 500 Lebanon Rd in Pendleton SC

New Special Attraction for Freedom Fest 2011 - Mark Fredericks of Fredericks Locomotive Works will have a miniature train on display for everyone to enjoy viewing.

Help us keep the Park clean by using the Recycling Bins provided by Anderson County


Gate 1 - Park Drive - Special Parking inside gate for donation of $2/carGate 2 - Long Rd - For Pedestrians, Handicapped and Volunteers ONLYGate 3 - Off of Lebanon Rd

6:00 GATES OPEN - BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR. No Alcohol, tobacco, coolers, food, drink or Pets can be brought inside the Park area. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. All food and drinks must be purchased at the event. Remember that this is a fundraiser for Veterans Park.

6:30 Raising of the Flag and Pledge of Allegiance by American Legion Post 113National Anthem sung by Jerry BosticPrayer - Pastor Ben Barnett - Pendleton United Methodist Church DJ Ty Buchanan BEGINS Music

7:30 - Special performance by the Praise Dance Ministry of Piney Grove Baptist Church6:30 - 9:30 CONCESSIONS (HOT DOGS, HAMBURGERS, Water, Coke Products), MERCHANDISE CARTS, BAKE SALE, SNOW CONES, COTTON CANDY, FUNNEL CAKES, LEMONADE, CHILDREN'S GAMES AND MORE Childrens Games

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Tickets - 25 cents eachThe Inflatable Bouncing Toys 4 tickets /turn. Face Painting/Tattoos 4 tickets,Dunking Booth 4 tickets BeadBean Bag Toss, Ring Toss, Duck Pond, and Horse Shoes - 1 Ticket each

OUR HEROES TENT - A tribute to our servicemen and women, veterans, firefighters and police. Stop by and receive a free USA flag to wave.

6:30 -8:30 TROTTER'S TRAIL - Walk the trail receive a surprise


6:30 - 9:30 BINGO - Come to the Picnic Shelter adjacent to Barrett's Place Playground and play Bingo with Carol Burdette and Jean Vegod - $1.00/card.

9:30 Announcements and presentations- Angela Guess and Uncle Sam (Weston Moore)9:30 CLOSING CEREMONYLower American Flag - American Legion Post 113

Closing Prayer - Pastor Brett Aiken - Faith Fellowship


This is a fundraiser for the Step Up To The Plate fundraising campaign to renovate the ball fields and erect a Veterans Memorial so please make plans to come early, purchase food, and participate in the scheduled activities!

DJ Ty Buchanan Provided the music for the 2011 Freedom Fest at Veterans Park Phone: 864-940-4338  If you are looking for a DJ, I highly recommend Ty Buchanan. He is great.

DJ Ty Buchanan Provided the music for the 2011 Freedom Fest at Veterans Park Phone: 864-940-4338 If you are looking for a DJ, I highly recommend Ty Buchanan. He is great.

I think everyone enjoyed DJ Ty Buchanan - Looks like there were many who were up dancing and having fun!

Palmetto Live Steamers Club exhibited at Freedom Fest 2011 - The Crescent Limited and Great Northern will be on display at Freedom Fest - Exhibit ONLY

Palmetto Live Steamers Club

Palmetto Live Steamers Club

Palmetto Live Steamers Club

Palmetto Live Steamers Club will have the following on exhibit at Freedom Fest.The Crescent Limited, owned by Doug Moody. The Crescent Limited consists of the full configuration of the original locomotive , originally built in 1926 and which ran from New York to New Orleans, passing through the Greenville, SC area. It was in service from 1926 - 1934.The Old Northern, owned by Dean Hunter, modeled after the Great Northern Locomotive, built in the 1930s.

Thank you to the Anderson County Sheriff's Dept for being a part of Freedom Fest in Pendleton

Anderson Co Sheriff's Office at Freedom Fest The following officers will be at Freedom Fest and we appreciate their being there!Cpl. David Davis. Tyrone Williams, Terry Crooks, Jason Perkins, and Ray Graham

Anderson Co Sheriff's Office at Freedom Fest The following officers will be at Freedom Fest and we appreciate their being there!Cpl. David Davis. Tyrone Williams, Terry Crooks, Jason Perkins, and Ray Graham

Special Parking by Pendleton Recreation Association

Donations will go to the ball fields

Chairmen: Alan Charping and the PRA BoardTurn onto Park Road off of Lebanon Road and turn right into the ball field area for this special parking by Pendleton Recreation Association. Your car will be within a fenced in area. PRA volunteers will assist you in parking your car. There will be a fee for this parking. After parking your car, enter through Gate 1.Other parking is available along the sides of the roads.Handicapped Parking is off of Long Road entering through Gate 2. Must have handicapped sticker. Volunteers with their volunteer button may park in this area also.All parking along the ball field side of Long Road is reserved for Volunteers.Thank you.


Enter The Gates For Freedom Fest

No Admission Fee For Freedom Fest

Gates Open at 6 pm

Thank you to the volunteers who will be manning the gates.!

No Coolers, Pets, Weapons, Alcohol or Tobacco inside Park Area.

There will be 3 gates:

Gate 1 - Park Road:- General Parking

Gate 2:- Long Road - Handicapped and volunteer parking and pedestrians

Gate 3 - Lebanon Rd - Pedestrian Entrance

Freedom Fest Opening Ceremony

Freedom Fest Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony at Freedom Fest

Emcee: Angela Guess

Opening Ceremony:

You will not want to miss the impressive Opening Ceremony that Faye, Angela and Caroline have planned for you this year.

Opening Ceremony - Freedom Fest 2011

Emcee - Angela Guess

Uncle Sam - Weston Moore

Raising of the flag - American Legion Post 113

Pledge of Allegiance - American Legion Post 113

National Anthem - Jerry BosticPrayer - Pastor Brett Aiken

Freedom Fest Opening Ceremonies 2010

The Praise Dance Ministry of Piney Grove Baptist Church - A Wonderful Performance!


A Salute To Our Heroes

Veterans, Servicemen and women, EMS, Police, and Firefighters

Faye Ladd and Caroline Jamieson work with the American Legion Post 113 and the American Legion Post 113 Auxiliary to carry out the theme of Freedom Fest. They have a tent set up where they display the pictures of your loved ones who have served our country. This year they will also be showing an impressive slide show.Veterans and Active Military Pictures Needed for "Our Heroes" BoothThe American Legion Auxiliary, Post 113, will be gathering photos for this display during the month of May.Pictures preferred to be 5 x 7 or larger of veterans in their uniforms, but others can be used. Please give rank, branch and dates of service and other pertinent information (i.e. MIA, POW, KIA country where served).

Weston Moore as Uncle Sam and our wonderful American Legion Ladies - Freedom Fest in Pendleton SC

Freedom Fest 10

Freedom Fest 10

Please come early and support our cause by purchasing food and participating in the scheduled activities.

Thank you, Pendleton Volunteer Firefighters! - Special Thanks to Fire Chief Bobby Pruitt


Patriotic Merchandise Will Be Sold At Freedom Fest

Regina Forrest, 2011 Chair

Regina will be selling Patriotic Merchandise. A price list will be posted here so you can decide what you would like to purchase. The balloons and Glow In The Dark Necklaces are always a favorite. Joan and Willis Kelly were back to help with this booth. Thank you Joan and Willis for your many years of service to Friends of the Park!


Bake Sale and Cake Walk at Freedom Fest

Wanda Batten, Chair

Wanda Batten chairs this committee and does an excellent job recruiting volunteers to make cakes, cookies and cup cakes for Freedom Fest. The American Legion Auxiliary, Faith Fellowship Church and many individuals contribute their baking specials for this booth.Please take the time to drop by Wanda's table and make a purchase. These bakers have worked hard and I am sure you will enjoy every bite.Donations of Baked Goods are needed and appreciated:Wanda needs items such as brownies, pound cakes, pies, cookies, homemade bread items, & etc. We cannot use anything with cool whip or cream icings.

Wanda does a super job of organizing the Bake Sale at Freedom Fest and the Cake Walks!

Wanda does a super job of organizing the Bake Sale at Freedom Fest and the Cake Walks!

Wanda does a super job of organizing the Bake Sale at Freedom Fest and the Cake Walks!

Bingo With Lots of Great Prizes

Carol Burdette, Chairman Jean Vegod - Volunteer

Bingo 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Nothing could be finer than sitting in one of the Shelters in the cool shade and playing Bingo. Carol Burdette has a great committee lined up to help her with Bingo. It was a huge success last year and she is thinking of making it twice as big. Lots of great prizes were donated. Would you like to donate a prize?

Fun with Bingo!

Fun with Bingo!

Fun with Bingo!

Great American Turtle Hunt

Kim Beck, Chair

Great American Turtle Hunt

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Kim recruits the help of her family and friends for this fun adventure for the children at Barrett's Place Playground. Great prizes and lots of fun!

Thank you, Kim!

The Becks Enjoy Planning the Great American Turtle Hunt - Kim and Bill Beck - The playground was built in memory of their son Barrett.

Kim and Bill Beck at the Great American Turtle Hunt

Kim and Bill Beck at the Great American Turtle Hunt

Trotter's Trail

Deborah Padgett, Chair

Walk Trotter's Trail 6:30 - 8:30 pmDeborah and her family along with the Trotter Family invite you to walk the trail and be sure to get your free Patriotic Pinwheel.

Childrens Games

Cathy Campbell and Don Peppers, Chairs

Childrens Face Painting and Inflatables -

6:30 pm until 9:00

Thanks to all the volunteers from Camp Proverbs and Camp Essence!

Inflatables and more

Freedom Fest Inflatables

Freedom Fest Inflatables

Hot Dogs and Hamburgers........Yummmmy!

Bob and Barbara Ham, Chairman

Note To Vendors: We do most of our own vending so that we can make more money for the park. Other vendors will be considered if they are a member of Friends of the Park, donate $100 to the cause plus 10% of their profits, and also help with set up and clean up for the event and that they enhance the event and not take away from what is being sold by Friends of the Park. This is a community wide event made possible by volunteers and sponsors in order that we can raise money to help make Veterans Park the best it can be.

Friends of the Park Member and Freedom Fest Sponsor Hevy Mann will be selling the following and Friends of the Park will receive a percentage of his sales: Thank you, Hevy!

Get Your Coke Products and Bottled Water at The Pavilion - Heather Specht - 2011 Chair

Freedom Fest Concessions

Freedom Fest Concessions

2011 Chair - Heather Specht

Thank you Lowe's for donating 500 bottles of water!

Thanks to Frito Lay for all the great chips!

Heather is asking for anyone who is interested in donating Bottled Water to leave them at The Islander. We need lots of water for our volunteers and to sell so please pick up a case the next time you're at the store and bring it the Islander. It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Hevy Mann's Famous Funnel Cakes and Lemonade and More - One of Hevy's Helpers selling Root Beer!

Freedom Fest concessions

Freedom Fest concessions

Funnel Cakes, Snow Cones, Fried Yams, Lemonade and more!

Funnel Cakes, Snow Cones, Fried Yams, Lemonade and more!

Funnel Cakes, Snow Cones, Fried Yams, Lemonade and more!

Freedom Fest in Pendleton SC

Freedom Fest in Pendleton SC

Freedom Fest 09 Fireworks

Freedom Fest in Pendleton SC

Freedom Fest in Pendleton SC

Where Does The Money Go That Is Raised At Freedom Fest?

Together WE CAN Make A Difference!

The profits from the sale of food, drinks, merchandise, and games will go toward the STEP UP TO THE PLATE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN for the baseball fields and Veterans Memorial. This is a very expensive project and it is going to take all of us working together to make this happen.

Together WE CAN Make A Difference

Friends of the Park, the Town of Pendleton and Pendleton Recreation Association have joined forces to head up the STEP UP TO THE PLATE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

Anderson Co SC "Keep America Beautiful"

Thank you for participating in our Freedom Fest

Please RECYCLE your drink cans, etc. at our Freedom Fest. Thank you.Jessica Powell of KAB will be at Freedom Fest giving out information and some goodies. Thank you, Jessica!


Thank you, Freedom Fest Committee - Freedom Fest requires the help of over 100 volunteers


Scenes From Freedom Fest 08


Who Organizes Freedom Fest?

Let me start by giving you a little background information about how Freedom Fest got started.Teri Sloan, Town of Pendleton Administrator, began this celebration in 1990 - the Town's Bicentennial. Budget strains unfortunately prevented the town from continuing this project after 2003. To keep this wonderful tradition alive, in 2004 Fred Hamilton and Rick Moore of Pendleton Home Builders and Pendleton Real Estate decided to take it on. They planned, organized and secured sponsorships from interested community members such as Ken Rowland of State Farm Insurance, Diane Watkins of The Palmetto Bank, Dr. Mark Stamey of Pendleton Dental Care.In 2008, Fred and Rick approached "Friends of the Park" and asked if we would be interested in taking this on as an annual fundraiser for the park. "Friends of the Park" agreed but only if the Town of Pendleton could sponsor the fireworks which was the biggest expense. We have been so pleased that the town has agreed for the last two years to be the sponsor of the fireworks. The money that they donate is given back to the town and more as everything made from the event goes back into Veterans Park.

All of the generous donors listed above continue to help sponsor the event today along with many more including Mann Promotions, Dr. Frank Forgnoni, AT&T, Design South, E-Z Clean, 1826 On The Green, Krause Moorhead Draisen, McConnell Family, Brewer Family, Kelly Family, Hellams, Kirkleys, Bank of America, American Legion Post 113, Mayor Burdette, Sherods, Lou Robinson, Wal-mart, Jim Vogel, The Islander, PEEPS and many more.

We also have Inkind Donations from Carolina Bottled Water, Coca-Cola, Pet Dairy, Electric City Printing, Norman Durham, Bi-Lo, Crenshaws, Liberty Halll Inn, Timeless Tours and Travel, CVS, Sam's Club, Frito Lay, The Print House, Palmetto Routers, Pendleton Flower Shop, Village Alterations, Publix, Central Textiles, Granny's Restaurant, Griffs, Main Street Designs, Tribbles, and many, many more. Prizes are donated for the Bingo With The Mayor and delicious cakes and cookies for the Bake Sale.Many groups are involved to help make this event possible. Besides the Town of Pendleton, we have the American Legion, Boy Scouts, PEEPS PreSchool and AfterSchool Programs, area Churches, the Pendleton Fire Department, Pendleton Elks Lodge, The Anderson County Sheriff's Department, Pendleton Recreation Association, EMS, Upstate Marines, and many many more organizations and individuals.

So you see that Pendleton is a community that pulls together and makes things happen for the betterment of our community.Would you like to help?

Thank you for visiting this page. - Anyone Can Leave A Comment

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on March 02, 2018:

I don't know how our little group pulled this off and I know for a fact we couldn't do it now. We have all gotten older.

Connie Rasbury on March 02, 2018:

What a great description of the Freedom Festival.... so many people working and so many enjoying the celebration.

steadytracker lm on August 27, 2013:

Sounds like you hd a very evventful Independence Day. Thank you for sharing this patriotic lens with us.

Patricia on July 04, 2013:

Happy 4th!

Patricia on July 04, 2013:

Happy 4th!

Margot_C on April 22, 2013:

What a great way to show pride for your country and have a great time doing it. Love the fireworks pictures!

Heather B on June 01, 2012:

Looks like so much fun! I live a world away so I won't be attending but I can imagine how entertaining it is for the people of your town.

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on June 01, 2012:

Happy 4th of July! It's a great holiday for all Americans to celebrate! Thanks for sharing your Freedom Fest.

wayne_luvinlife on July 07, 2011:

Sounds like y'all had an awesome time, reminds me of my hometown...wonderful lense! thank you so much for sharing

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on July 01, 2011:

@ElizabethJeanAl: Maybe one year you will get here. It is a great time. Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July

ElizabethJeanAl on July 01, 2011:

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend. I wish I could be there.

NYtoSCimjustme on June 30, 2011:

Looks like great fun for a great cause... maybe I'll get the hubby to bring me this year :)

happynutritionist on June 30, 2011:

Wow this looks grand...so patriotic and it looks like fun. Have a great time!

anonymous on June 28, 2011:

Great lens!

anonymous on June 27, 2011:

Well for obvious reasons I can't be there on Saturday Nancy (I haven't won the lottery yet) but I will be with you and my Pendleton friends in spirit. Have a wonderful Freedom Fest :)

Dianne Loomos on June 19, 2011:

Freedom Fest looks like a wonderful patriotic celebration in Pendleton. (I saw your link for this on WebNuggetz.)

anonymous on June 19, 2011:

Hope u have a great time in 2011 as well!

CherylsArt on May 20, 2011:

Sounds like a fun time!

anonymous on May 13, 2011:

The Freedom Fest in Pendleton in Pendleton is onlyh a hop skip and a jump away, may it be the best ever. I can feel the excitement in the air here!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 01, 2011:

@anonymous: I wish you would come back and maybe we could get more Squidooers at Freedom Fest. Wouldn't that be fun!

anonymous on May 01, 2011:

Oh how I wish I could come back for Freedom Fest this year. It was such a great time! Hope you raise lots and lots of money!

ZazzleEnchante on October 21, 2010:

Wow! This is such an interesting lens! Lively and great pictures, absolutely loved reading it! Lensrolled it to my 4th of July lens.

anonymous on July 07, 2010:

Thank you so much for featuring my lens on your Official Freedom Fest site. I had such a great time with you and Joan. Doc cooked a super breakfast, too. Thanks for having me and letting me share in your celebration.

anonymous on July 06, 2010:

@OhMe: My comments keep getting lost as I write them.... grrrLet Freedom Ring!!!Susiefreedom ring

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on July 03, 2010:

@anonymous: Thanks so much, Shelly. I have been sitting on my porch visiting with Joan4 and Bethd821. We called Wednesdays_elf and will see her tonight at Freedom Fest. Sittonbull is nowhere to be found. Oh well.

anonymous on July 03, 2010:

Today is the BIG DAY ~ let freedom ring!!! OHME your patriotism inspires my patriotism ~ may it be contagious to all who may draw near! I checked out your ClustrMap and are you aware you had 95 visitors here in the last 24 hours ~ oh that everyone would stop by the guest books that are open to all. Be blessed even as you are a blessing!

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on July 02, 2010:

Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate the 4th! Hope your celebration is wonderful in every way!!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on June 30, 2010:

@anonymous: Thank you so much for those very kind words. Pendleton is, indeed, a wonderful place filled with amazing folks.

anonymous on June 30, 2010:

Fabulous promotion of your event! The photos are so embracing. As Sylvestermouse said, it makes me want to come to Pendleton just to be a part of such a awesome group of people who celebrate the sacrifices of our veterans, firefighters, EMS, etc. You are all to be commended for the extent to which you promote our country and this wonderful cause. Thumbs up, my friend!

Gordon N Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on June 10, 2010:

Fantastic lens. Very colourful and serves as a great advert for the event. Hope you have a lot of fun.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 24, 2010:

@Sylvestermouse: Actually, the Great American Turtle Hunt is organized by Barrett's family and is a precious activity where you learn about turtles while hunting for the answers to Turtle questions which are hidden in the playground. Everyone gets prizes which include a little rubber turtle. They are adding some more fun and exciting things to it this year. I can't wait to see what they have in store for the children who visit Barrett's Place!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on May 24, 2010:

I have often been tempted by your articles to just move to Pendleton. I have a brother who lives in SC and he loves it. The Freedom Fest sounds like sooooo much fun and I haven't played bingo since my grandmother used to take me to the Kiwanis bingo night when I was a little girl. I am definitely ready for watermelon and bingo! I do have one question, this turtle hunt, do they hunt for live turtles :) I added this lens to the plexo on my 4th of July lens.

Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on May 18, 2010:

What a lot of work must go into the production of this event. No wonder you are so proud of Pendleton and its community spirit.

VarietyWriter2 on May 15, 2010:

Looks like fun. Great lens. Blessed by a SqudAngel :)

anonymous on May 02, 2010:

It would be so much fun to be able to join you at the Freedom Feast this year, but once again I'll be thinking of you Nancy. Have a great summer...

anonymous on May 01, 2010:

Freedom Fest looks like a really great time! I may just have to come down! Lensrolling to "Independence Day American Style" and "Fourth of July Cupcakes"!

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on January 08, 2010:

This is wonderful! We have a similar celebration on a smaller scale called "Good Neighbor Day" on July 4 that is always a lot of fun. I love the music widget ~ several of my lenses could use that!! Thanks for visiting - lensrolling to "Patriotic Music".

tjustleft on December 01, 2009:

Wow wonderful lens. Very enjoyable. I traveled from Amarillo, TX to Durham, NC several years ago. Spent almost 3 months on a construction job and wanted to see South Carolina while I was there. My wife, who was born in S.C. was pregnant with our oldest daughter and having complications. I had to hop a bus home and never got to make the visit.

Surfie LM on November 03, 2009:

This is a wonderful lens! So much information! I love that you included so many photos of last year's Freedom Fest. It looks like a very fun time.

andreaberrios lm on August 22, 2009:

WOW beautiful lens, this is beautiful! 5* and Congratulations on your purple star!

anonymous on August 16, 2009:

Nancy, I am just now getting a chance to check out the FF lens, you did (do) such a great job!! It was great to see the pictures and remember a fantastic night in Pendleton. I'm looking forward to next year.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on August 13, 2009:

Congratulations on the Purple Star! If I could give you another 5 stars I would.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on August 13, 2009:

[in reply to MsSnow4a] Yes, I have heard of Pendleton Oregon but have never been there. I wonder if it is named for the same Judge Pendleton that our Pendleton is named for?

Carol Goss on August 13, 2009:

I don't think i ever told you that we have a Pendleton,Oregon as well. Its way on the East side of Oregon and every year they hav a rodeo. I have never been but I heard it's fun. Loved the lens and thanks for adding it to my July holidays :)

Clairwil LM on July 13, 2009:

The festival looks great and is all more the more impressive because of the way your whole community has pulled together to make it happen. Well done on gaining a very well deserved purple star!

anonymous on July 05, 2009:

Have your feet touched the ground yet? Who gets a purple star the same day they make Giant Squid--it would have to be you! Congratulations! Didn't get to see fireworks last night, so enjoyed yours here!

Mountainside-Crochet on July 04, 2009:

Nice additions to your Freedom Fest lens, Nancy. Enjoyed the photos and the music, especially "This Land is My Land" by Peter, Paul & Mary.

boutiqueshops on July 04, 2009:

Great lens! Thanks for the lensroll and right back at ya! I Love This Lens! Congrats on making Giant and your Purple Star! Great work!

Joan4 on July 03, 2009:

Congratulations on that beautiful purple star!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on July 03, 2009:

Congratulations on making Giant Squid and getting a purple star! Wonderful!

Kate Loving Shenk from Lancaster PA on July 02, 2009:

Purple Star and Giant Squid--all in one day!!!Unforgettable!! Congratulations!!!

Eugenia S. Hunt on July 02, 2009:

All Right!!!! Purple Star Noted!!!!! Congratulations on this and a Giant Squid, too!!!!

anonymous on June 29, 2009:

Great job with Freedom Fest "09" Nancy. It was wonderful!

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on June 28, 2009:

I got to this lens a little bit late, but you've done a great job! Squid Angel blessed, and I hope everything went well.

Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on June 28, 2009:

Amazing lens!! hope it was a great success yesterday and hopefully the weather was great!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on June 27, 2009:

FREEDOM FEST UPDATE: Set up went great this morning with tons of wonderful volunteers pitching in and helping. It was really hot but there wasn't much complaining - just everyone busy getting ready for all our visitors so y'all come and enjoy!

dc64 lm on June 26, 2009:

I can see that a massive amount of work went into this. I don't live in South Carolina, but I applaud this lens. Especially because I'm former military, and former military spouse! Have a great time.

KimGiancaterino on June 26, 2009:

Have a great celebration, Pendleton. Blessings!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on June 26, 2009:

[in reply to GrowWear] Thank you, Mimi. We are sure hoping for it to be a fun-filled, profitable day! I will be posting pictures and videos after the event (as soon as I am able).

GrowWear on June 26, 2009:

Have a spectacular celebration, Pendleton!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on June 24, 2009:

[in reply to TV in PSC] Thanks TV. See you Sat a.m. for set up. Don't forget the tables and chairs. lol

anonymous on June 23, 2009:

Sarge, you are the bomb! A neat lens for a GREAT cause!

anonymous on June 23, 2009:

OhMe, you make Pendelton sound like the best place to live--you folks seem to be always having fun as a community.

anonymous on June 21, 2009:

excellent job with the lens, very impressive 5*s

Patricia on June 20, 2009:

Wow! What a wonderful lens! So patriotic. Your town sounds so wonderful.

jura on June 20, 2009:

Great lens.

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on June 18, 2009:

This looks like a fun, terrific event! And what a wonderful lens. Blessed by an angel.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on June 16, 2009:

[in reply to Ryan K. - Rendition] We are all looking forward to hearing the great sound of Rendition at this year's Freedom Fest. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

anonymous on June 15, 2009:

Rendition is excited and looking forward to being a part of Freedom Fest 2009. See you on June 27th for a fantistic evening in Pendleton, SC

ElizabethJeanAl on June 14, 2009:

I'll be in Minnesota for the 4th this year. I'm really looking forward to it.Thank you for adding my lenses to the South Carolina Group. I appreciate it.Lizzy

CleanerLife on June 14, 2009:

What a great way to get a head start on Independence Day celebrations!

Eklectik1 on June 13, 2009:

Sounds like a lot of fun!!

clouda9 lm on June 02, 2009:

I love, love small town celebrations...makes them so extra special. You have done honor to this upcoming celebration by creating a most patriotic and beautiful lens. Wish I could join you...I will be there in mind and spirit :)

Kate Loving Shenk from Lancaster PA on May 24, 2009:

I think I will like Pendletom--what better place to learn about it than on your lenses!!

ElizabethJeanAl on May 22, 2009:

I've added a link to this lens on my holiday lens, Random Acts of Kindness DayLizzy

ssuthep on May 19, 2009:

What a colorful and fun lens. Freedom Fest looks like a lot of fun. Your lens is very informative. Blessed by an Angel!

religions7 on May 15, 2009:

Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

tdove on May 13, 2009:

Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

bigjimj on May 13, 2009:

Great lens Nancy. I've made it the latest "Featured City Lens" on the Squidoo City Guide blog. Thanks for being a part of SCG.

Debbie from England on May 12, 2009:

I wish I'd been able to go to one of these events while I was in the States. It certainly looks like a super event. Congratulations on a great lens! I love all the stars and just added 5 more for you :)

Tonie Cook from USA on May 08, 2009:


sittonbull on May 05, 2009:

[in reply to OhMe] Wow... you continue to improve this already great lens or either I'm picking up new stuff the second time around! Let Freedom Ring!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on May 05, 2009:

Another great lens. Wow those big stars!!! The music is a very nice touch.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 04, 2009:

[in reply to Janusz] Oh me! Thank you, thank you! I sure needed an angel blessing. This event is going to be here before we know it and still so much to do. It is always such a great community event and one that I am proud to be a part of.

Janusz LM on May 04, 2009:

One day Im going to move to Pendleton :) Love it! Blessed by a Squid Angel.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on May 04, 2009:

[in reply to AndyPo] Thank you, Andy for visiting here.

Andy-Po on April 29, 2009:

Another excellent lens

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on April 23, 2009:

[in reply to SemperFidelis] Oh me! Oh my! Colleen, you are a wonderful angel. Thank you, thank you and bless your heart!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on April 23, 2009:

[in reply to JustBon-Crochet-Designs] Thanks again, Bonnie. You made this music happen with your great instructional lens.

teamlane on April 23, 2009:

Blessed by a SquidAngel today (as well as other lenses of yours)!www.squidoo.com/squid-angel~ Colleen :o)

Rich from Surrey, United Kingdom on April 21, 2009:

Fabulous lens, Nancy! The addition of the music is perfect here. Glad you found the instructional lens useful :) 5*s.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on April 21, 2009:

[in reply to Michey] Thank you Michey. This was my first attempt at the Music like this and I followed the instructional lens of Justbon.

Michey LM on April 21, 2009:

This is a great lens Nancy, I think the sincere patriotism is what we miss now and we need to reflect on this subject, fav. 5* lensroll itEnjoy the music is supper, you make my day.All the best for youMichey

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on April 13, 2009:

[in reply to luvmyludwig] Well, you know it would not have been possible without all of your help. Thank you so much! You've been a great Squidoo friend and I hope that one day we will meet. Hey, why don't you and your family come to Freedom Fest? You could camp at the KOA on Lake Hartwell. Think about it.

luvmyludwig lm on April 13, 2009:

This lens is amazing! Beautifully done! I love the way you do your collages.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on April 10, 2009:

[in reply to jmsp206] Thank you, Julia. Yes, I do love my town.

anonymous on April 10, 2009:

Pendleton sure is your safe haven as the love you have for this towns shows so much in each lens you write on it.Thanks for it all.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on April 09, 2009:

[in reply to ElizabethJeanAllen] Thank you, Lizzy. This lens is proud to be a member of your Awesome Group.

ElizabethJeanAl on April 09, 2009:

Welcome to The Totally Awesome Lenses Group.Lizzy

anonymous on April 06, 2009:

I know you work really hard on "Freedom Fest". I was glad to find out all the details. What a wonderful celebration!

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