The crowd at the Lumberton Community Fall Festival was able to enjoy a beautiful fall day at the city park. Since the Village Creek Festival was canceled for this year, some local churches banded together along with other organizations to host a fall festival on Saturday, October 28.
The free community event included activities such as hayrides, bounce houses, train rides, potato sack and three-legged races, washer competition, face painting, chili cook-off, a variety of games, food, and live music in the pavilion. Numerous lucky youngsters and adults won gifts. There were over 100 gifts donated.
The winners of the washer competition were first place – Zeke Squad (Randy Williamson, Brandon Vincent), second place – David Myers, Zach Bouilion, third place – X-Men (David Molandes, Gary Becton), and fourth place went to Nick Barker and Joey Walters.
Local chili masters entered the contest and set up booths for all to have the opportunity to sample their recipes. The panel of four judges had the enviable task of tasting the different chili entries and announced the winners at 1 p.m.
The Knights of Columbus for Infant Jesus Catholic Church took first place in the cook-off. Second place went to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and third place for Gateway Church.
By many accounts, the festival was a success.
One festival-goer, Kristen Culpepper, summed up her thoughts regarding the experience, and posted on the event’s Facebook page, “At the Community Fall Festival I saw churches of different denominations singing worship songs and praising Jesus together. I saw businesses, churches and people, many who flooded themselves, generously donating time and money. I saw a stay-at-home Mom who worked tirelessly to devote day and night to fulfill a vision that God gave her and her team. I saw people who were devastated by Hurricane Harvey smiling and laughing and having good old fashioned family fun. I saw unity, peace and joy. I saw a community that I have never been so proud to be a part of. We are Lumberton strong, and God is bigger than Hurricane Harvey! “