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Kick Loose at Freedom Fest

The first-ever Rocky Mountain Freedom Festival kicks off at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and Events Center tonight with live music, carnival rides, fireworks and the sweet smell of a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned competition. But beyond the good grub and summertime entertainment, this three-day event is also a fundraiser for several patient advocacy groups, including a newly formed nonprofit called the Ripple Project.

When Freedom Festival organizer and Ripple Project founder JJ Dedmon’s mother passed away of a misdiagnosed heart attack in 2001, Dedmon made it her mission keep others from suffering the same trauma. “I vowed at that point to share my knowledge as a nurse,” she says of her desire to create the nonprofit and its supporting event.

Just $5 gets you in the gates each day; $10 nets a weekend pass; and seniors, children under five and those with a valid military ID are admitted free. The festival runs tonight from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The fairgrounds are located just off I-25 in Castle Rock; for event schedules and other information, visit or call 720-883-8251.
July 1-3, 2011


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