By: Donna Thomas
Special to the Sun
Wholesome family fun was had Saturday, October 26 at the Harvest Hoedown located at the United Methodist Church, 20021 Highway 178, in Weldon.
The excitement could be felt from the crowd of people as they participated in the activities. There was square dancing, food and drink, trunk or treat, a hay ride and a photo area to name a few of the activities.
Kathryn Butler, Worship Director for the church. Handed out the food tickets to everyone, saying that,” the tickets were for keeping count of the people who came, last year we had over two hundred people. She went on to say that the food is free to all. “
The food court located near the entrance had the smell of fresh popped popcorn that filled the air. Debra Coe and Delaney Pollock served food and treats from the serving window. Archie Crawford dressed in a pirate costume passed out snow cones. The kids lined up playfully waiting for their cone and the bounce house was full of energetic children dressed in their favorite costume.
The Trunk-or-Treat area in the parking lot is where Donna McGroarty, Office Manager for the Church handed out candy from the trunk of her car that was decorated in the spirit of Halloween. The laughter could be heard from the children waiting their turn for a treat.
On stage performing was Fred Kirkpatrick, Square Dance Caller. He is a member of the International Association of Square Dance Callers. The square dancers followed his calls and they all had smiles on their faces as they joyfully danced to a variety of music.
Around the corner was a tractor pulling a wagon filled with bundles of hay. The line for the ride seemed endless and the wagon was packed with excited passengers of all ages. Steve Neal, driver of the tractor and wagon said “he has done this for the past three years.”
Nicole Neal, Outreach Coordinator for the Church, said call me “Nikki” and went on to say that “the Church Members donated this entire event.”
Pastor Floyd Castillo, Pastor of the Weldon United Methodist Church gives the Sermon every other Sunday and they have a guest speaker on the other Sunday. Pastor Floyd said that, “Sundays Sermon is going to be about the History of the Church.” He also mentioned a Church Conference including a Committee Election and Church Membership that took place last week. The Church is having practice for the Christmas Cantata and they are looking for singers to participate.
This yearly event had something for everyone and was a good time for all at the Harvest Hoedown.