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Harvest Hoopla: HIllside Baptist Church sponsors day of food, fun and entertainment

The Hillside Baptist Church is hosting a community party -- a Harvest Hoopla -- one that may appeal to everyone from families and youth to Oil Patch workers and even baseball fans.

The activity is Saturday, Sept. 7, on the church grounds. The doors open at 10 a.m. and events continue into the evening. The seed for the idea came last summer.

"I was trying to get an event to meet and greet our community," Pastor Ron Gold said. "We started with a smaller event and all of a sudden, a lot of things started happening."

An invitation was extended to area churches to also participate, Harvest Hoopla committee member Troy David said.

"This is not a fundraiser, this is a fun raiser," he said.

With a call to serve the community, Gold said the committee is interested in reaching people new to the community, people not going to church or people looking for a church family.

"We're helping people connect with our church and other churches too," he said. "We're providing a safe entertainment. Our call is to serve this community and we're serious about that."

The committee decided the best way to entice people to participate was with free food and entertainment. The food is being catered by Mulligans.

"We don't charge for anything," Gold said. "We do not accept cash from anyone. Money is not an issue here.

Guests are asked to stop at the registration desk for food tickets and a bag of discount coupons provided by area businesses.

The Harvest Hoopla schedule includes three major attractions:

V 1 p.m., entertainment provided by 321 Improve Comedy featuring Carl Crispin, Mike Domeny and Jeremy Schofield.

V 3:30 p.m., presentation by retired baseball player and motivational speaker, Dave Dravecky. He will be autographing baseballs and books.

V 8 p.m., performance by Christian rock band Lightswitch. A youth pizza party, donated by Wildcat Pizzeria, begins at 7 p.m.

Inflatables will be provided by Leaping Lizards Inflatables.

The National Guard is setting up a serpentine track to demonstrate drunk driving.

An antique car show will be set up next to the church.

Hillside Baptist also will have tents to tell about its various ministries.

The church is located at 1123 10th St. E. For more information, call the church at 701-225-6252.