Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 9, 2012

Church triad set for 10th fall fest

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat — Safety in numbers has certainly become a cliché comfortably associated with the Halloween season, and hoping to pair it once again with a wholesome atmosphere is Pauls Valley’s Children’s Fall Festival.

Led for the 10th year in a row by First Church of God, Trinity Baptist Church and Cornerstone Community Church, the three congregation operation will once again be welcoming families as it heads back to the Garvin County Fairgrounds in Wacker Park on Wednesday, Oct., 17, said First Church Pastor Terry Clayton.

Set to go from 6 to 8 p.m. at the fair barn, the event is not just a safe place to hang out, but a chance for each youngster to take home a spiritual message in each grab bag.

“It’s mostly for fun, but we try to give something wholesome,” said Clayton, noting how among the sweets will be scriptures and activity books the kids can enjoy.

“At least we’ll get something in their hands that’s more than just candy.”

Each church involved splits up providing the goodies for the kids, which has for the past decade brought out an impressive number each time around, said Clayton.

Each denomination also each sets up 3 or 4 game stations — from the duck pond to fishing and inflatable play areas.

However, one of the most popular activities Clayton gets a kick out of includes the ring toss, where many of the children can’t seem to get enough of the two liter soda prizes.

The best part is that it is free to attend and is another way to take advantage of bringing the community together.

“They just love to win that soda pop... It’s just good clean fun for the family,” said Clayton, adding how hot chocolate, popcorn and other snacks will also be available. “We’ll have probably 600 people.”