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Local churches organize annual Harvest Festival

The sixth annual Demopolis Harvest Fest is coming Oct. 28, 4-6 p.m., at George Franks Field. The free event is open to all families with children aged 12 or younger.

Inflatables, games, a dunking booth, Trunk or Treat, face painting and food will be at the event, as well as a special area for preschool-aged children.

“I know sometimes people are worried about their little kids being with the big kids, so there is a special space for them,” said Jennifer Jordan, who is one of the festival’s organizers.

The event is organized by several churches in the community and began when local churches banded together “to offer something safe and fun for the community,” Jordan said.

The Harvest Fest has only grown since its first year, adding more volunteer churches and attractions with each year.

Jordan said the Harvest Fest “was just something the community really responded to, and people really look forward to it.”

Most of the attractions at the event are donated, according to Jordan, with the exception of the inflatables.

She also said the event is as fun to plan as it is to attend.

“It’s a great opportunity for our churches to work together, and it’s a fun time for us to get together and do something for the community,” she said.

The host churches for the event are Church Aflame World Outreach, Fairhaven Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Gallion Baptist Church, Revival Worship Center, Saints Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, St. Leo the Great Catholic Church and St. Paul Baptist Church.

Jordan encouraged all churches in the community of join next year’s Harvest Fest by calling her at 289-1933. She also encouraged community members to attend this year’s festival.

“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on the 28th,” Jordan said.

Organizers of the event also ask that no pets be brought to the Harvest Fest.

(This article originally appeared in the Wednesday, October 17 issue of the Demopolis Times.)