Despite talks reportedly happening now with the city of Lansing, a representative for the organization that sponsored 2012's Kansas Freedomfest said the event is scheduled for 2013 and is not going anywhere.
American Legion Post 23 Commander Keith Melick said the American Legion is still in the planning stages for the followup to the November 2012 event at Leavenworth's 10th Avenue Park that culminated in concert performances from Aaron Tippin, Clay Walker and the Marshall Tucker Band. Kansas Freedomfest 2013 is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 28.
The fraternal veteran's organization, Melick said, is now lining up its sponsorships, location and artists.
“Look for a major announcement in mid-May,” he said of some of the details, later adding, “it's going to be bigger and better.”
In organizing last year's Freedomfest, Melick said the American Legion contracted a local company, Good Prairie Productions, owned by Keira Jones and Hope Corizzo. This year, Melick said the American Legion decided to hire a different company, Evolve Productions, to handle the logistics.
However, Melick said he understands Good Prairie, in conjunction with another group, are planning to approach the city of Lansing about hosting a separate event at Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park. Jones and Corizzo have twice been on the Lansing City Council's work session agenda under an agenda item called “Freedomfest” to talk to the city about the proposal, but have postponed both presentations.
Neither Corizzo nor Jones could be reached at the number for Good Prairie Productions. But Melick said their proposal is separate from that of the American Legion's.
“Freedomfest started in Leavenworth and it's going to stay in Leavenworth,” he said.