I’ve spent my first few articles talking about procedures and process for this new venture called the Greater Freeport Partnership. I now want to talk about fun!

During these last few weeks of summer, the partnership staff and volunteers are working hard on several events for your enjoyment. First up is Cruise Night, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday. This event, in its 40th year, is an historic happening in downtown Freeport. Bring the kids to this family-friendly function and watch cars from yesteryear show off as they drive around downtown. The cruise viewing is free, with food vendors and kids activities hosted by the Greater Freeport Partnership and supported by dozens of volunteers. Reserved parking is available for a fee.

Soon after, you can come out to golf at Park Hills Golf Course, 3240 W. Stephenson St., Freeport, for the (f/k/a Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce) Annual Golf Outing. This daylong activity starts at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. Gather a foursome and sign up on our website!

And, plan the third weekend of September to play in downtown Freeport.

Friday, Sept. 21, starting at 4 p.m., Paint the Port kicks off, sponsored by the Freeport Art Museum. This unique activity allows you to rent a square of space on Chicago Avenue in downtown Freeport to decorate however you want with the supplied paint for a $15 fee. It is a fundraiser whose proceeds supplement the city’s façade grant program to beautify buildings in downtown Freeport. Kids especially enjoy this!

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Tour de Freeport, a free family-friendly bike and public art tour around Freeport, starts at 9 a.m. at Tutty’s Crossing, 250 E. Stephenson St.

And, finally, the Pretzel City Brewfest is from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. More than 100 craft beer samples will be available for a $30 ticket. This event is located at the intersection of Chicago and Spring avenues. Don’t miss a chance to try all three of our local Stephenson County breweries, Generations (Freeport), Lena Brewing Company (Lena) and Wishful Acres (Lena) side-by-side. Designated drivers get in free with unlimited water and soda.

The partnership’s goals of promoting tourism and supporting the local business community will always include serious topics such as planning and staffing. But, we also enjoy ourselves and hope you will share how much is happening around town!

More details on all these events are on Facebook (search by event) and our website at www.greaterfreeport.com.

Originally published in the Journal Standard.