A Free-Stater fires his rifle during a reenacment of the Battle of Middle Creek at the 2019 Freedom Festival in John Brown Memorial Park. This year's festival, originally scheduled to start Saturday, Sept. 19, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OSAWATOMIE - Freedom Festival, originally slated for this weekend at John Brown Memorial Park in Osawatomie, has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival was to start Saturday, Sept. 19.

The festival is slated to return Sept. 18-19 in 2021, said Grady Atwater, site administrator of the John Brown Museum and State Historic Site, located in John Brown Memorial Park.

The festival's cancellation was first announced in March, but Atwater said he continues to hear from individuals who think it is still taking place.  

The annual festival is known throughout the region for featuring battle reenactments, historical depictions and other activities that provide a window into the region's Civil War/Board War history. It typically attracts hundreds of people to the park.

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or doug.carder@miconews.com.

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