NEWARK — Workers preparing for Newark’s First United Methodist Church’s Harvest Festival are feverishly preparing for this magnificent event. The festival, scheduled for Oct. 26, will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church.
“We have had an outpouring of support for our booths,” said Janie Reeder, who is co-chairing the festival with Della Ludwig. “The public will find that there are booths for any interest.”
This year’s festival will include an attics treasure booth and a gift basket booth in addition to booths specializing in books, crafts, jewelry, nearly new attire, birds & blooms, holiday decorations and others.
“A great addition to our festival are the commercial vendors that will have booths at the festival,” said Ludwig. “Local vendors will sell maple syrup, recycled art, American Girl accessories and will display wares from Avon, Tastefully Simple, Party Lite, 31 Wrap, and others.”
“One great addition to the Harvest Festival is the Silent Auction Booth,” said Elsie Dedrick, another member of the festival’s steering committee. “Several local artists have donated pieces to be included in our silent auction. We also have some one-of-a-kind jewelry, a new Kindle, and even a pie-of-the-month donation.”
“The talk of the town, is really our American Doll & Accessories drawing,” said Carole Nary, who also is serving on the steering committee. “The doll is simply beautiful and the five outfits come complete with footwear and accessories. It also comes with custom-made furniture.”
Tickets for this package, which are $2 each or three tickets for $5, are available at the church office or may be purchased at the Festival. “This is a prize that is every girl’s dream,” Nary added.
Following the true sense of harvest, there will be a farmer’s market hosted by the men of the First United Methodist. The First United Methodist women will be baking pies at the church on the morning of the festival to be sold at their bakery booth. Even the youth are actively involved with this festival. The youth will have a penny carnival for young visitors and will be distributing winter boots, coats, and clothing as part of their mission work.
Entertainment will also be provided by local talent including Gary Verdine, Jean and Bob Bendix, and Jason and Kathy Cornwell. There will also be a snack bar serving breakfast and lunch fare for those who wish to sit and visit with neighbors.
“The steering committee has been planning for the festival for the whole year, “ said Reeder. “We are glad to see the time arrive to see our plans in action.”
“We are excited about the Harvest Festival,” added Ludwig, who shared that proceeds from the festival will be used to fund programs of the church.