Local churches to host Harvest Fest

Published 3:15 pm Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A group of local churches will host the Demopolis Harvest Fest on Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Demopolis City Landing field.

The Blackbelt Christian Ministerial Association are sponsoring the free event that is open to all children in the area ages 12 and under.

There will be candy, food, games and inflatables, all for free for children to enjoy.

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“We want to have a fun, non-competitive atmosphere for kids to come out and enjoy,” said Jeff Taylor, a pastor at Church Aflame. “The kids will be able to play games without having to run around all over town all night.”

Carl Williams, pastor of Demopolis First Baptist Church, said the churches wanted to get together to do something for the kids.

“I feel like the community needs to see the churches working together as one for a common goal,” he said. “It’s important for us to go out and do things like this together, because it helps bring not only the churches together, but the community as well.”

The churches have also been working with the city to help ensure the safety of the children during the event.

“Chief (Tommie) Reese is going to have the police command center there, and Chief (Tommy) Tate is going to have some firemen there as well,” Taylor said. “We’re working with the city as much as we can to make this a great event for our children.”

Williams also added that the churches are appreciative of the city to allow them to use the field at the City Landing for the event.

“They have been very receptive to us, and we’re thankful that they’re allowing us to use the field,” Williams said. “A lot of local businesses have also been very gracious in donating items for the event. We couldn’t do this and keep it free without their support.”