Block party Saturday in Whitehall

Queen Street, from West to Lafayette Streets, will be blocked off from 4 to 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 for a special community event.

That’s how big “The Kids Fall Fest” will be this year, according to Paul Shepherd.

Shepherd is pastor of Grace Baptist Church, sponsor of the annual event, which is dedicated to “lots of sugar and to fun for the whole family,” Shepherd said.

“Last year’s event brought out close to 300 people from the local area,” Shepherd said, “and this year we are expecting even more participants.”

The Grace Baptist Church pastor stressed that “Kids Fall Fest” is totally free.

“Leave your wallet or purse at home,” he said.

The minister described the events that will be offered at the popular event:

“There will be a bounce house, cotton candy, music, snow cones, popcorn, carnival games with prizes, over 40 different door prizes, and two hay rides (one every fifteen minutes) going up to Skene Manor and back.

“There will also be fire trucks and safety equipment demonstrations, courtesy of our local fire department, and hot chocolate and face painting,” Shepherd said.

Shepherd advised participants to arrive promptly at 4 p.m. so that people can “get their names in the hat for many different door prizes.

“The event is our way of saying we love and support local families,” Shepherd said.

Since Queen Street, in the vicinity of the church, will be blocked off to traffic, parking will be available on neighboring streets. Shepherd said the church area was easy to find, since it is “very close to Ross’ Chevrolet on Broadway.”

Interviewed briefly on his front porch, next to Grace Baptist, Shepherd rattled off the list of events so excitedly that he promised to write it all down and send it to this paper by email.

Persons who would like more information about this block-long event should “feel free to call or email with any further questions,” Shepherd said. The phone number is 495-4927 and the website is www.graceinwhitehall.com.

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