Several Texoma churches are hosting fall festivals and other autumn events throughout the area. Serving as an appealing venue for young and old, these gatherings offer enjoyable activities, entertainment, food and information.
Faith Church in Sherman will host its Fall Fest from noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Plans for this year include a petting zoo, balloon artist, puppet booth, giant slides, face painting and fun-packed activities for children. Returning by popular demand, will be riding horses in the petting zoo and a climbing wall for all ages.
“Every year, we try to expand and enhance the event,” event coordinator Linda Morgan said. “The faith fit obstacle course was a popular attraction the past couple of years and will return with new, added features. Prizes are given out at some of our booths, and our cake wheel will award a homemade cake every 15 minutes.”
Food and drinks will be available, including grilled hot dogs, red beans and rice, popcorn, cotton candy and other snacks. Two 20-foot tents with seating are also provided.
The festival is in its ninth year and was initially recommended by Morgan.
“As a little girl growing up in Louisiana, I remember the festivals our church held and they were so much fun. I thought it would be great if we could do something like that here. The idea caught on, and it was decided that everything offered would be free.” Morgan said. She has headed up the event every year and has enjoyed seeing it grow.
She has headed up the event every year and has enjoyed seeing it grow.
“We enjoy building bridges within the community,” said Morgan. “Our church members man the booths, and as visitors experience their warmth, and as kids see their friends and classmates who are members, who knows, they may want to come back.”
Activities will take place on the church grounds but will move into the church in the event of rain. The church is located at 1800 Heritage Parkway in Sherman, at the northwest corner of Highway 1417 and Taylor Street.
Also on Saturday, will be Parkview Church of Christ’s annual Harvest Fest from 5 to 7 p.m. Activities will include carnival-style games such as ball tosses, ring toss, cake walk, pumpkin painting, a costume contest, and quick “minute to win it” contests from time to time. Hot dogs and nachos will be served, and all activities and refreshments are free.
“The festival has been going for at least 10 years now and has really grown,” said Youth and Family Minister Jesse Muniz. “We initially began as a trick or treat alternative, with children going from classroom to classroom collecting candy. We now meet in our multi-purpose gym and have many more activities. Costumes are not required, but the kids are encouraged to wear them if the would like.
“We are hoping that this year will be our biggest festival yet. Last year we had 450 visitors, and we expect 500 or more this year. We strive for 100 percent participation within our congregation, and it really brings us together as a church family. It is also a major outreach into the community. We provide a gift bag containing candy, a small Bible, and information about our various ministries, including our food pantry and clothing room.”
Parkview will also collect individually wrapped snack foods to send to victims of Hurricane Harvey. Items needed include peanut butter crackers, snack cakes, breakfast/protein bars, trail mix and similar wrapped foods.
The church is located at 815 S. Dewey Avenue in Sherman.