MOSES LAKE — People from all around gathered at McCosh Park in Moses Lake over the weekend to take part in great food, live music, and of course, fireworks at the Moses Lake Freedom Festival.
Sponsored by the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Moses Lake Farmers Market and Samaritan Healthcare, the annual event brings people from around the area together to celebrate Fourth of July weekend festivities at the lakeshore.
The weekend featured an array of activities over Friday and Saturday, including live music at the amphitheater, a food truck rodeo, a car and bike show and an assortment of vendors and booths set up around the park.
Lake City Blues opened up the entertainment on Friday night in the park. Despite worries the wind might subdue the fireworks finale Saturday night, the show went off with a bang, as the festival’s culmination over the water was met with oohs and aahs from the patrons who blanketed the shoreline at McCosh Park.
Debbie Doran-Martinez, Executive Director of Chamber of Commerce, said she feels the event is great for the area, as it brings in people from all around to celebrate and socialize as one.
“I just love that we can all come together and enjoy each other’s company, and have a great activity to do on a summer weekend in Moses Lake,” Doran-Martinez said.
Doran-Martinez explained how special a place like McCosh Park is to be able to host an event like this in the area. Located near the heart of Moses Lake, the park offers a venue next to Surf ’n Slide Water Park, with a walking path right through the middle, in addition to the Centennial Amphitheater next to the shoreline.
“It’s just a great venue to bring in activity such as this,” Doran-Martinez said.
Doran-Martinez said it takes a lot of effort from multiple organizations to help make this event happen. Tiffany Quilter of Columbia Plateau Lavender, a lavender farm just south of Moses Lake, is a member of the Moses Lake Farmers Market and had a booth for the second straight year at the festival. Quilter said the festival provides a fun opportunity for her and her family to come out and enjoy the holiday, while also offering a lot of traffic from patrons coming in over the weekend.
“It brings out a lot of people from the community,” Quilter said. “This is a fun event. People are happy, and they like to be here, so it’s good.”
Quilter said she felt the layout helped out the flow of traffic a lot this year, with the food trucks circled around off the path, providing a more direct pathway for many of the vendors and market members.
Simply put, Quilter said people are just used to coming out for this event each year. “People like to come out to the fireworks in Moses Lake,” Quilter said. “It is just kind of what you do. So having the vendors out here as well has just added to it.”