One of my favorite days of the year is this Saturday (July 10th), as the Genola Ball Fields come alive for the annual Pierz Freedom Fest (or mostly annual). Last years event was forced to be put on hold due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

I'm not sure what I like best about it. Certainly the music is amazing, but more than that I think its a combination of the small, up-close venue -- outdoors on the green grass of the ball fields. It's seeing friends that I don't see that often, especially after the last year and a half. Tasty eats and ice cold beer doesn't hurt either. It's just an all-around vibe of good energy, fun, and celebration.

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The gates open at 2:00 pm, and the music starts at 2:30 pm.

2021 Pierz Freedom Fest Lineup

  • 2:30 pm - Shalo Lee Band
  • 4:00 pm - Little Texas
  • 6:00 pm - David Nail
  • 8:00 pm - Lindsay Ell
  • 10:00 pm - Morgan Evans

Wanna stay the night? Limited camping is available on site, and you can get more info on that by calling Jenni at 320-468-6925.

Other area overnight options include:

  • Pierz Golf Course & Campground, 603 Park Ave SE, Pierz, MN 56364, Phone: (320) 468-2662
  • Genola Campground, 13436 Highway 25 Pierz, MN 56364, Phone: (320) 468-6925
  • Hillbilly Haven Motel, 222 Main St N, Pierz, MN 56364, Phone: (320) 468-2095
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General admission tickets are $50, and can be purchased online HERE and be picked up at will call (bring an I.D.), or can be purchased Saturday at the gate.

Parking is available at the event, and busing will also be available at Johnny C's in Little Falls and run every hour until 11:55 pm. Busing will be available at select Pierz locations and campgrounds and run every 1/2 hour until 11:55 pm.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket, some sunscreen, a little cash for food & drinks -- and get ready to have an amazing day in Pierz!

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