Linda Hashman – Cañon City, Colorado … The Cañon City Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cañon City, Colorado, collaborated with their Four Mile Adventist Christian School to host an innovative Fall Festival, October 15. The festival was held in the field behind the church and school. Over 200 people came to check out the fun with most visitors coming from the community.

The kids enjoyed such activities as face painting, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, corn hole, and the thrill of having two Shetland ponies on site. The food was plentiful with a chili cook-off, a pie baking contest, and a donut eating contest. Ribbons were given to the top three entries in each contest.

Families with students attending Four Mile school manned the booths for the kids and donated all the pumpkins. Hay bales were everywhere amid a vintage tractor and truck for photo ops, and classic cars lined the front of the parking lot to help advertise the festival.

Jim Burr, a member of the Cañon City Church, was in full star mode with a telescope and his potato gun. The music was light and fun, with visitors in cowboy boots, hats, and jeans. It was a great success for everyone involved.

Josh Sholock, the new pastor at Cañon City Church, and his wife Bonnie were the coordinators for the event. Bonnie’s social media marketing skills brought in many people from the community. The Sholocks have fresh and interesting plans to lead the church into becoming a friendly and recognizable contributor to the community.

It was a beautiful day of friendship as everyone pitched in to make it a success.

—Linda Hashman is communication leader at Cañon City Seventh-day Adventist Church. Photos supplied.