Har­vest Fes­ti­val stand­ing room only

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS - ELIS­A­BETH DOW­SON edow­[email protected]­booster.com

The sixth an­nual Chil­dren’s Har­vest Fes­ti­val at­tracted over 250 cos­tumed crea­tures ex­cited to have such a worth­while pro­gram for a Hal­loween al­ter­na­tive.

Pas­tor Alex of Alpine Church of God, who of­fered their fa­cil­ity for the event, said “We’ve been av­er­ag­ing around 200 but we’re closer to 250 al­ready. When we started tonight, ev­ery chair was taken and the chil­dren were sit­ting on the floor as well.

“ We sup­ply the fa­cil­ity, but it’s a com­mu­nity ef­fort. We have over 100 busi­nesses that par­tic­i­pate. It’s fun, it pro­vides an al­ter­na­tive to be­ing on the street, and it’s safe. Funds go to the Women’s Shel­ter this year.”

Each child re­ceived a large goodie bag with a ra­dio and coupons val­ued at about $40 to get them started on an evening of cool games and great food.

“In the games room, ev­ery child gets a prize for ev­ery game they play and then they can re­deem their to­kens in the prize room, and there are door prizes as well,” said Pas­tor Alex. “ There’s a spe­cial games area for very young chil­dren as well.”

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