Fun Fest brings families to Grace’s Gordon Recreation Center

by Ethan Sheckler

Hundreds of Warsaw-area families attended Fun Fest, a Serve-coordinated Halloween alternative event, at Gordon Recreation Center on Friday, Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m.

Serve offers the event as a fun and safe alternative to trick-or-treating for any area children to participate in. “I like it more than trick-or-treating,” area mother Patrice Hygema said as her daughter Gabriel, 6, participated in one of many crafts at the event. “I just don’t think trick-or-treating is safe any more.”

The event was free for all area families, with a suggested donation of a canned food item for Combined Community Services, a Kosciusko County organization dedicated to helping those in need of spiritual, financial, medical, and educational help.

The Serve student leader of the event, Kristi Davis, estimated that more than 500 local children participated in the event, dressed in costume as ninjas, pirates, vampires, and many more. At the event, children participated in various games such as corn-hole and bean-bag tosses, as well as other activities such as bracelet-making, face painting, and pony rides.

Funfest is held yearly at the GRC, and many local families make a point of coming every year. “The kids always want to go every year,” said Grace’s Dr. Jared Burkholder as his daughter Maggie worked on an unfinished salvation bracelet.  “We always come.”

Area Christian radio station Pulse FM also participated in the event, broadcasting one week of radio commercials in support of Funfest, as well as broadcasting live from the event for 2 hours.

Families attending the event were given a plastic bag donated by Owen’s supermarket that contained a thank-you from the event’s sponsors, Walmart and Owen’s, as well as an e-mail address to which families can send questions and comments for the event organizers.

The bag also contained the brochure “Two Ways to Live: The Choice We All Face” as a gospel outreach to area families.

This article originally appeared in The Sounding Board.

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