East Maryville Baptist Church Fall Festival drew almost 1,000 people for a day of fun and food.
David Frahme, associate pastor of administration and education, estimated between 900 and 1,000 showed for the Oct. 25 event. “The fall festival, it is really an outreach event for East Maryville Baptist. We invite the whole community to come,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for folks who don’t go to East Maryville to come see the campus and meet some of the folks.”
Frahme said there were four or five inflatables and 10 or 12 carnival games for kids to play where they got candy as prizes. There was a trick or treat section with hay bales for the preschoolers, pony rides and a petting zoo. There was also a hay ride. The event happened in the parking lot around the church pavilion.
“We had a rock climbing wall this year, a big stage with music and a group called Green Briar played. They play at Dollywood and in Pigeon Forge, and they sang gospel and bluegrass,” he said.
A new addition to fall festival was Mustang Ministries who displayed three new model customized Mustangs. “It’s a Christian ministry. It’s a group of Mustang officiandos who are Christians. Whenever they can they bring their cars for display,” he said.
There was an old-fashioned cake walk, a silent auction that raised $3,500 for the building fund, door prizes and gift baskets.
Frahme said the fall festival is important to the congregation. “It’s our largest outreach event of the year, and so it takes a lot of time and effort,” he said. “It takes probably 100 volunteers to pull it off, but it gives us an opportunity to gain information of folks who might be looking for a place to worship. We’ll follow up with them and see if there’s anything we can do to help them.”