Fort Polk’s June 11 Freedom Fest fast approaches, features live music, food, fun

Fort Polk Public Affairs Office
Chuck Cannon

 FORT POLK, La. –  The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk FreedomFest takes place June 11 with fireworks, food vendors, a salute to the nation, static displays and musical guests Kylie Morgan and Jason Derulo on the JRTC and Fort Polk Headquarters Field.

Derulo, considered a multi-platform powerhouse, ranks among the top pop and urban artists with 11 Recording Industry Association of America platinum certified singles.
Morgan is an Oklahoma native who gained national attention from music producers and television executives after releasing her music independently.

If you’re interested in attending this event, which is open to the community, please take note of the following considerations:
For non-Department of Defense identification card holders, a visitor’s pass will be required. Pre-vetting is available by visiting https://visit.gvt.us/?b=usa&i=fort_polk&e=6Z7MFPZ9 and inputting your information. You will receive a text with your visitor-pass approval and directions to pick up your pass from the Visitor’s Control Center. Military police will be on-site to assist with parking, vetting and loading the shuttle buses (which are air conditioned).

Additional ACP information:
*ACP 5 (La. Hwy 467 – south/ Post Office gate) – will be open for extended hours in support of the Freedom Fest Event and concert June 11. The ACP will open for both entry and exit, at 9 a.m. and close when all guest have cleared the concert field. The ACP returns to standard hours of operation on June 12.

*ACP 2 (Parkway Elementary School gate) – will be open for exit only, in support of the FreedomFest. The ACP will open at 7 p.m. and close when all guest have cleared the concert field. The ACP will return to standard hours of operation on June 12. 

Please have a government or state issued ID card, for anyone over the age of 16, when you arrive at Honor Field for parking. Parking is $10 per car, and only cash will be accepted. All persons entering a federal installation are subject to search. Any non-DOD ID card holders who approach an access control point gate for entry will be directed to the Honor Field parking area.

DOD-ID cardholders can access Fort Polk from any gate. They will be directed to the nearest shuttle-bus parking lot at the following locations:
Allen Memorial Library; Education Center; Fort Polk Commissary; The Exchange; The Berry Mission Training Center; Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital (no shuttle bus from this location)
Shuttle buses will begin transporting attendees at 4 p.m. from all locations. All event-site entrance gates open at 4:30 p.m.

What to bring:
Blankets
Lawn chairs
Cash (automatic teller machines will be on-site) Sunscreen Strollers Small, insulated coolers for infant formula or water and diaper bags only

What NOT to bring:
Pets
Tents
Canopies
Coolers
Outside food or beverages
Alcohol
Glass bottles
Weapons
Video cameras
Backpacks or large bags
Professional cameras with telephoto lenses
Personal fireworks

For more information, call (337) 531-1959 or visit Fort Polk MWR at http://www.facebook.com/fortpolkmwr