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Emmanuel Christian Assembly hosts free Fall Festival on Saturday

By staff

Emmanuel Christian Assembly, 925 W. Hopocan Ave., will be hosting its ninth annual Fall Festival from 4 to 8p.m. on Saturday.

Pastor Joe Schoblocher said the church holds this annual event to give back to the community.

The festival will include trick-or-treating, crafts and balloons for the kids.

According to Schoblocher, the event has included trunk-or-treating in the past. That is, people would open up their car trunks with bowls of candy inside and the children would walk from car to car receiving candy. This year, the trick-or-treating has moved indoors.

“Honestly, we're a little punch drunk from the cold weather,” said Schoblocher when asked why the event has been moved indoors.

There will be a hayride that will leave the church and go down Hopocan Avenue and around Lake Anna. The expected turnout is approximately 200 people.

“Families seem to like this event because it's not spooky,” said Schoblocher. “It is kid oriented. It's really more a celebration of harvest rather than a celebration of Halloween.”

The Sunday school area of the church will be decorated for the festival, and donuts and cider will be provided. Crafts and candy will be set up in some of the Sunday school classrooms.

Admission for the event is free. There will be activities for all ages, including food, fun and fellowship, said Schoblocher.

“We love Barberton and we enjoy doing things like this for our neighborhood,” said Schoblocher. “It's another opportunity for us to have some fun and show the community what our church is all about.”

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