BELTON — Freedom Fest, an event to increase awareness of human trafficking, will be held from 2-10 p.m. at Yettie Polk Park in Belton Friday.

The University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and the ARK Foundation will co-host the event, and two featured survivors of human trafficking and representatives from local agencies will increase awareness of modern slavery and safety in a family-friendly stage presentations.

The festival will also feature live bands and music, food trucks, a bounce house and a petting zoo.

The central location of Bell County is at risk of becoming a human trafficking hotspot due to its location on the Interstate 35 corridor, said organizers, who plan to make Freedom Fest an annual event. The event is free to attend.

For more information, please contact the ARK Foundation at 765-444-ARK2 or | 254-501-7464

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