Inaugural Harvest of Hope festival to fundraise for children camps

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Circle of Hope Wesleyan Church, 396 S. Park St., has created a fall festival called Harvest of Hope to raise funds for its children’s camps during the summer months.

Event director Clara Furst said the event is geared toward all families in the community. The festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at the church.

“We have upwards of 50 vendors coming which include arts and crafts, artisans, boutiques, dress sales and then just some odds and ends like welding and woodworking, things like that,” Furst said.

A free kids’ zone will be available with bounce houses, and a barrel train will offer rides for $1.

Food trucks will arrive at 11 a.m. There will be live entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. after the festival, with the food trucks and some vendors staying late as well.

Free tractor rides will transport people to and from the parking area.

The event is free, but there are certain aspects which cost money. Proceeds benefit Circle of Hope’s youth ministry.

“We have an awesome youth and children’s ministry. We are a small church, and in recent years we have gained more children,” Furst said. “Every summer, they like to go to children camps, and in recent years the price of the camp has gone up significantly. We did not want to limit who got to go, so we had to find a way to fund any child who would like to go to camp.”

A silent auction will be ongoing throughout the event and there will be other opportunities to donate as well.

For more, visit the Harvest of Hope Facebook event page.


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