June 14 - July 4, 2022
Cedar Rapids


Shepherd Appointed to Executive Director


Freedom Festival: Shepherd Appointed to Executive Director!

Cedar Rapids, IA (5/6/21) While plans for the 2021 Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival continue to be finalized and will officially be announced mid-May, the Freedom Festival is proud to announce a new Executive Director, Karol Shepherd, who will step into that role just weeks before the festival kicks off June 14th.

Shepherd joined the Freedom Festival in January last year to be the Events & Marketing Director, and helped launch a combination of hybrid and virtual programming in 2020. With the cancellation of all in-person large events due to the pandemic – a first in it’s 38-year history – Shepherd looks to introduce a smaller line-up of programming that focuses on a mix of in-person, hybrid, and virtual options.

Freedom Festival Board of Directors President, Jill Costigan, shares “We are excited to present Karol with this opportunity. Karol embodies our core values and mission, holding to tradition but also brings with her an excitement and fresh perspective. We look forward to the future of the Freedom Festival with Karol leading the way.”

“While there hasn’t really been a road-map for what programming should look like this year, I am honored to have had a great mentor in Carissa (Johnson) and the support of our Board of Directors” says Shepherd. “At the end of the day, we are going to be able to say that our Festival is back, and we hope that the community will appreciate what we ARE able to produce this year!”

The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival returns June 14th – July 4th, 2021! Our small but mighty non-profit organization continues to follow safety guidelines and recommendations of Linn County Public Health and the City of Cedar Rapids. We appreciate your continued patience and support in this unique year.

For the most up-to-date information and a first look at our 2021 Festival head to our website: www.FreedomFestival.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRFreedomFestival