It’s the small-town, family-friendly atmosphere that attracts to many new families to Liberty Hill, and there’s no shortage of community events to make new memories with friends and neighbors.
The Liberty Hill Independence Day Spectacular was the start of a new tradition for our hometown. The event, which was organized and hosted by The Liberty Hill Independent newspaper, drew thousands to City Park on July 2.
Food trucks, live music by the Texas Family Tradition Band, and family attractions set the stage for a memorable 30-minute ﬁreworks show that Liberty Hill residents are still talking about months later.
Among the highlights of the evening were the Hot Dog Eating Contest, the Watermelon Spitting Contest, the Apple Pie Contest and Homemade Ice Cream Contest. Winners won cash prizes and trophies.
In its ﬁrst year, The Liberty Hill Independence Day Spectacular was presented by the newspaper, Peace Lutheran Church, the City of Liberty Hill and Liberty Parke. The event was free to the public, thanks to the support of additional sponsors.
“We made history in Liberty Hill this summer, and set the bar high for future community festivals,” said Shelly Wilkison, owner and publisher of The Independent. “We had a vision of a small-town celebration, and worked together with our sponsors to create a fun-ﬁlled evening that also provided for the local food pantry.”
Susan Baker, executive director of Operation Liberty Hill, said event-goers contributed 622 snacks for the Kids Summer Snack Program, 130 food pantry items, 11 box fans, cash contributions of more than $1,100. Additionally, the winner of a laptop computer raffled by the Liberty Hill Chamber of Commerce donated the item to Operation Liberty Hill.
Those who donated items to Operation Liberty Hill received raffle tickets and won prices throughout the evening.
Liberty Fit Health, Wellness & Safety Fair, which was hosted by the school district’s Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) on Sept. 24, was an all-day event centered around the goal to encourage families to pursue healthy choices. The day started with a fun run at the old Panther Stadium. About 30 vendors were also on hand to offer products and information promoting healthy lifestyles. A food court featured offerings from Liberty Hill school cafeterias and “better choice” items from local businesses.
SHAC Chairman John Clark said the inspiration for the event came as a way to inform parents about what the Liberty Hill ISD is doing for children in terms of physical activities and dietary requirements.
Liberty Hill welcomes the holiday season annually with the Liberty Hill Christmas Festival and Parade on the ﬁrst Sunday of December. Organized by volunteers with support from the Liberty Hill Ministerial Alliance and the City of Liberty Hill, the Jingle Bell 5k Fun Run/Walk leads a Christmas Parade through downtown. The parade ends at Lions Foundation Park where vendors, food and Santa Claus awaits.
The Chamber of Commerce and the City of Liberty Hill start Christmas Festival weekend on the preceding Saturday with Light the Night. Residents enjoy hot chocolate, caroling and the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree in the park, and get a ﬁrst look at the holiday-themed walking trail.
In April, don’t miss the Liberty Hill Rodeo. The annual PRCA- sanctioned rodeo attracts participants from across the country to the Harvest Ranch Arena at Williamson County Cowboy Church. In 2016, rodeo organizers worked with the school district to host educational programs for elementary-age children at the arena, which is located just outside Liberty Hill.
A rodeo parade was a new addition to rodeo weekend in 2016. The parade ended at Lions Foundation Park where the Chamber of Commerce hosted various activities for children.
At press time for Liberty Hill Living, volunteers were organizing a 40th Celebration of the Liberty Hill Sculpture Garden — an event that commemorates the 1976 Liberty Hill International Sculpture Symposium. Planned for Oct. 15 at Lions Foundation Park, the event features an art auction, stone carvers, artisan and food vendors, live music and a car show.
Event organizers say they want the 40th Celebration, which is receiving ﬁnancial support from the City of Liberty Hill and the Liberty Hill Development Foundation, to lay the groundwork for
an annual art festival in