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Photo submittedFestival organizers estimate over 1,000 people attended Union County Family Fest throughout the day on Saturday.
Photo submittedFestival organizers estimate over 1,000 people attended Union County Family Fest throughout the day on Saturday.
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UNION COUNTY — Organizers of Union County Family Fest were happy with the large turnout over the weekend and hope to make the event an annual one.


“I thought it was a great success,” said Union County Family Fest organizer David Blanton. “We honored God, blessed the community and saw over 30 people make decisions for Christ.”


The festival took place over three days at Union County Fairgrounds. On Friday, The Change performed, and Brian Burgess shared a gospel message. The Strength Team also performed feats of strength at local schools throughout the day, sharing an anti-bullying message and inviting students to attend the free festival on Saturday.


Blanton said well over 1,000 people attended the festival on Saturday, which included bounce houses; vehicles provided by Sheriff David Taylor and Chief Sam White; booths and tents hosted by nine churches to share information about their ministries and the love of Jesus Christ; performances by Voices of Truth, Praise 4 Him, and Serenity; an amazing performance by The Strength Team which included feats of strength and a message about Christ’s love; and a sermon from Brian Burgess.


Sunday evening was “Church Night” at the festival, and many churches moved their Sunday evening services to the fairgrounds. Blanton said over 400 people attended to praise and worship the Lord and hear Burgess’ message.


“Churches that participated came away very excited about it,” Blanton said. “We also appreciate the support we received — not only from local churches, but also from Union County Council, Paradise Home Center and Dairi-O. All three were co-sponsors with our churches. They all helped put it together in their own ways.”


Blanton said his prayer and hope is that the festival will become an annual event.


“This is an opportunity for churches to bless the community,” he said. “We are hoping that other churches will partner with us and make it an even bigger event next year.”


 
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