Three Christiana organizations are partnering to host the borough’s first Community Harvest Party, planned for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.
The community is invited to the Christiana Fire Hall at 214 S. Bridge St., which will be the venue for the party that organizers say will be an annual event.
“It’s going to be a day for families to come together and be happy,” said Pastor Mary Wilson, of Living Truth Fellowship.
Members of Living Truth Fellowship are organizing the party with the help of Lions Club volunteers and Christiana Fire Company, which is donating the hall for the day.
Wilson said there will be a dozen booths with old-fashioned games such as penny toss and ring toss. Mr. Pops, a storytelling balloon artist, will sculpt balloons into many shapes as he tells children’s stories.
There will be free Dutchway hot dogs, popcorn, Rita’s water ice and beverages, and candy for children.
Church organizers are planning a special corner with activities for toddlers, and all children will be able to paint their own pumpkin to take home.
“We’re starting out small,” said Wilson, who said she hopes at least 100 local children will attend the free event.
“Our community is so rich with families, but not all families can afford to attend the local fairs,” Wilson said, adding that an afternoon or evening at a fair might cost a family $50.
Wilson and Jim Groff, a member of the Christiana Lions Club, said next year the festival will likely expand and include a soap box derby, a greased pig contest, a pumpkin bowling and perhaps a petting zoo.
More churches and organizations will be welcome to participate in next year’s Harvest Party, Wilson said.