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Family Fall Festival Oct. 16
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First Baptist Church pastor Jeff Owens invites the public to the church Saturday, Oct. 16 for the inaugural Family Fall Festival.

In the absence of this year’s Autumn Street Fair, there’s another festival that hopes to provide a day of fall fun for the community.

First Baptist Church will be holding its inaugural Family Fall Festival and Craft Fair Vendor Event on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the church’s lot at 403 N. Spring Street. The event promises a wide variety of festive fall fun for all in attendance.

“In years past, we did a fall outreach to the community, such as trunk-or-treat or similar events. We didn’t get to do anything last year. We wanted to return to that, but do something a little different,” said First Baptist Church pastor Jeff Owens. “We feel like the community especially appreciates the positive things that are occurring, and our heartbeat for the community hasn’t stopped just because of the challenges we’ve been facing. The fall festival will be daytime-driven and give us an opportunity to have some more meaningful interaction with people than just handing out candy in the dark.”

The day will kick off with craft fair vendors and food trucks being available at 9 a.m. to the public, featuring many types of food trucks and artisans both local and from other regions with crafts and food to appeal to everyone.

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Children and Family Fall Festival Fun Field will be accessible, complete with bounce houses, slides, games, activities, face painting, photo booth, prizes and free snack foods such as popcorn and cotton candy.

“As always, we are excited to meet people we haven’t met before,” said Owens. “It gives us an opportunity to introduce ourselves and let them know God loves them, that we love them, and that the church would love to get to know them.”

The craft fair portion of the event will be open until 5 p.m., at which time the event will end.

Owens asks that visitors be patient as they navigate the logistics of parking and other areas of the event, but promises the First Baptist Church team will be working very hard to make things as organized as possible.

Applications for vendor or food booth spots are currently still available. Booth spaces are $40 to $60 dependent upon size of the spot and the fees help to support First Baptist Church’s mission projects. Those interested in having a booth are asked to stop by the church anytime during operational hours, Monday thru Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., to pick up an application or email