There was no shortage of zeal, fervor or fellowship Saturday at the second annual Freedom in the Park. But there was also plenty of heat, humidity and burning sun.
Those last three factors kept the crowds away. But they were unable to dampen the first three factors.
"God has a plan for you to be here in 90-degree heat," said Pastor Robbie Ridenour of Faith Chapel, one of the organizers of the noon to 4 p.m. celebration in Wheaton Park on Sumans Avenue.
But later Ridenour said some thought might go into scheduling the next Freedom in the Park at a cooler time of year.
There was music, the smell and the taste of good food and most importantly, a feeling of community that prevailed.
"I wanted to bring my grandson to this event," said Carolyn Sterling. "We missed it last year, but we heard about it."