FREMONT – It’s an annual summer tradition, and it’s right around the corner. John C Fremont Days is back again for its 32nd straight year with both favorite activities and new events to enjoy.
This year’s festival will take place Friday, July 13th through Sunday, July 15th. 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I, and the festival’s board of directors wanted to commemorate and incorporate the historical date into this year’s theme.
The World War I theme will be expressed on flyers and schedules, with veteran support poppy sales taking place in both Clemmons and John C Fremont City Park in support of the new Fremont Veteran’s Park, and a replica of Flander’s Field to be assembled in the city park. Entrants into Sunday’s parade are encouraged to incorporate the WWI theme. The Information Booth in John C Fremont City park will also be selling special commemorative t-shirts that utilize this year’s theme.
Clemmons Park at 16th and Luther Streets will once again transform into the home of cowboys, soldiers, native Americans and other anachronisms as the Living History displays move in. Civil War and WWII artillery and firepower demonstrations will take place on Saturday, in addition to the Viking Warriors full contact battle at 2PM. Festivalgoers will also be able to view a native American camp and try their hand at the tomahawk throw.
Free family-friendly activities should be fairly easy to find throughout the weekend. Children of all ages will enjoy free play on the inflatables in JCF City Park – the inflatables were donated to the festival this year and will be available for kids to play on free of charge. Saturday, from 9 to 1, on the green at Midland U, there will be games, face paining, firetruck rides, dance performances and many other fun, free activities for kids. Thirty Bowl will host free bowling and shoe rental for high school age (grade 9-12) kids on Saturday from 7P-10P.
The Rough Stock Rodeo will also make its return this year at Christensen Field on both Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM. Some of the top cowboys in the nation will take on the toughest stock in events like steer wrestling, bull riding and bronc riding. Newly added to the rodeo this year will be the Rawhide & Dusty trick riding show and the Cowboys & Angels line dance team.
Full schedules of events are available online at the John C Fremont Days website, and paper schedules are available at locations across town, including First State Bank and KHUB/KFMT. You can see a PDF version of the schedule HERE.