Second Annual Freedom Fest Returns to Scribner Memorial Day Weekend

SCRIBNER  – A Nebraska non-profit is bringing their Freedom Fest concert back to Scribner this year during Memorial Day weekend to raise funds for Nebraskan veterans.

Miles for Heroes is a non profit organization created in 2013 to help Veterans in Nebraska. M4H, as they’re known, focuses on helping Veterans combat PTSD by promoting wellness and helping them to discover peace and passion with the great outdoors.  “We were founded with the simple belief of giving back to those who have given so much to our country,” said founder Joel Mareel.

After serving together in Southern Helmand Province Afghanistan in 2010 with 3rd Battalion 1st Marines, two Nebraskans, Josh Marreel and Curtis Thomas, decided they wanted to honor their brothers who weren’t as fortunate.

Seeing Texas country music singer Grainger Smith walk 100 miles year after year in combat boots to support the Boot Campaign and raise awareness for Veterans, Marreel and Thomas decided to create their own event.  Over Memorial Day Weekend in 2013, the two led a team of Veterans and Patriots on a 3-day, 100 mile walk from central to northeast Nebraska, and Miles For Heroes was born.


In 2017, Scribner was home to the first Freedom Fest concert, and Miles for Heroes has recently announced the Memorial Weekend lineup for 2018’s Freedom Fest II.  This year’s Freedom Fest is on Sunday, May 27th, and event includes a 5k run / walk, Poker Run, and a barbecue cook-off contest. The day will end with an outdoor concert on Main Street, featuring Aaron Copeland and headliner Drake White and The Big Fire.


Concert tickets are available at, and are $15.00 each.  For $25.00 concert-goers will get some delicious barbecue and early entry to the show.   Package tickets for those who wish to participate in the 5K, barbecue feed and concert are also available.


Go to to learn more about Freedom Fest II, or click on the event posters below!