Wednesday, November 7, 2001
The rain held back once again for the 7th annual Festival of Light on Halloween.
Mid-Columbia Ministries and volunteers from several churches gathered together to sponsor this fun-filled evening of games, music, candy, and videos that was attended by nearly 600 children and parents on the SDS parking lot near Sterling Bank
Every year, since 1995, Mid-Columbia Ministries has organized the Festival of Light to provide a free, safe, and entertaining alternative to trick-or-treating, while sharing the light of the gospel with the community.
Volunteers from Grace Baptist Church of White Salmon, Crux Fellowship of Hood River, 1st Baptist Church of Bingen, the Nazarene Church of White Salmon, Bingen Assembly of God, and Vineyard Fellowship of Hood River ran booths with games such as a soccer goal kick, bean bag toss, balloon darts, and gator golf.
A new favorite was the booth created by John and Brenda Bryan of the Awanas Clubs at Grace Baptist, the "ride-em cowboy," that gave kids a chance to practice their lassoing techniques.
Throughout the evening, visitors were treated to fun and free gifts at the "Fun Zone," emceed by Pastor Austin Bell of Crux Fellowship.
Mid-Columbia Ministries donated T-shirts, books, tapes, videos, and other prizes that were awarded at the "Fun Zone" for costumes and audience participation activities.
The crowning event of the evening was when a young lady known only as Misty literally took the cake, a giant frosted hamburger look-a-like cake, for her beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
"Festival of Light is always a lot of fun and this year was no exception." said Debbie Bell, event coordinator, "We would like to extend our thanks to all of the people and businesses who participated this year to help us shine the light of Jesus in the darkness."