NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The 10th Annual Nacogdoches Freedom Festival started off with a bang Thursday afternoon as hundreds of people from all over East Texas traveled to the oldest town in Texas to celebrate America's birthday.
The festival is known for its fun and games, including blow up balls kids can get inside called hamster balls, water slides, and fried food.
The festival is always free, and is an old-fashioned event that has activities for people of all ages.
"Everyone seems to really enjoy the event. They come back year after year. It's a great way to celebrate July fourth. It's family friendly and lots of fun for everybody," said Janette Watts, the Media and Relations Coordinator for the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
Kids like Santashia Moore, loved the face-painting station.
"So far, down here at the festival, it's good. It's great. I really like the festival. It's nice," Moore said.
The festival even had it's own firework show, which launched about 1,000 firework shells. They also had the star spangled banner washer tourney, potato sack races, and letters to the troops.