Family Fest to continue next year

Friday, November 3, 2006
A brave boy gets ready for a spin in the space ball.

First Assembly of God would like to apologize for the cancellation of this year's Family Fest and promises that next year, The Fifteenth Annual Family Fest, will be bigger and better than ever.

Unfortunately, weather conditions prevented the extensive array of blow up games from being set up.

First Assembly of God began the Family Fest in 1991 when the church noticed a need for families to have a safe, fun, free place to go on Halloween.

"Everyone is welcome to come have a lot of candy, free popcorn, hot dogs, and drinks," said Youth Pastor Shaun Grant.

The Family Fest began with a budget of a couple of hundred dollars to $4,000 this year. Attendance has also increased, growing from 365 to 12,000.

This growth is possible with the help of the community. The Shoney's Bear comes out to greet the children, local businesses donate door prizes, and parents and other churches give donations.

Entertainment is available for all ages, including pony rides, a spaceball, climbing wall, bungee jump, super slide, face painting, and other games for the kids. The cakewalk is a favorite of adults and families enjoy the hayrides.

Bands, clowns, puppet shows, and a maze have also been past features of the Family Fest. First Assembly of God changes it up a little every year to keep it exciting for the children.

Also seeing a need for a safe and fun entertainment in Chapel Hill, First Assembly of God expanded the Family Fest, which was held Oct.28 and was a great success. With the help of co-sponsor, the Chapel Hill Youth Alliance, the Chapel Hill Family Fest attracted 413 people. Next year the Chapel Hill You Alliance will take over and be assisted by First Assembly of God.

" The community has really embraced the Family Fest," said Grant.

Although disappointed by weather conditions, First Assembly of God is already hard at work planning for next year.