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Care Festival Aug. 4 in East Springfield

July 28, 2012
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Community editor ( , The Herald-Star

The United Methodist Church of the Cross on state Route 43, East Springfield, will host its sixth-annual community Care Festival on Aug. 4.

The event kicks off with a rummage sale beginning at 9 a.m.

All other festivities begin at noon and continue until 7 p.m.

There will be hamburgers and hot dogs available from noon to 7 p.m., and a chicken barbecue beginning at 3 p.m.

The festival also will include:

A car cruise-in from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.;

Demonstrations by the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department on using the Jaws of Life;

A mini carnival with games, sand art and face painting;

Corn hole games;

A silent auction and a live auction conducted by Cain Realty and featuring a variety of items, including a Dave Barnhouse print, which will be held at 5 p.m.;

A bake sale and cake walk;

A lemonade stand;

Live music including performances by Classic Vinyl, Hands of Praise, Larry Mader and Jim Carlton. Closing out the festival will be Mark Statler, who will be performing following the live auction at 5 p.m.

"The Care Festival raises funds to reach out into our surrounding communities by donating to local volunteer fire departments, the East Springfield Community Center, food pantry, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County, Urban Mission Ministries and other community needs and Christian outreach," said Pastor Tom Snodgrass.

Roy Eddy is the festival chairperson.

This year a percentage of the money raised will be donated to Donna's Angels, a nonprofit organization that aids local cancer patients emotionally and financially.

"This is a wonderful day filled with activities, good food and entertainment, a day to share kindness and love with each other," Snodgrass said.

The first festival was held six years ago to raise money to help defray medical costs for a young woman who was injured in an accident.

"This year we are excited to have Mark Statler performing his music along with other musical talent. Local area businesses are kind enough to donate items every year and are instrumental in helping us to increase the amount of money we raise," said Karen Davis, committee member.

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