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Pumpkin patch, German luncheon, and carnival among the festivities this month

October 10, 2018
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

First Community Congregational Church has a calendar full of activities for the entire month of October, entertainment for the whole family.

Throughout the month of October the church will have its annual Pumpkin Patch, with pumpkins on sale through Oct. 31.

"The pumpkin patch that we have right now is our main fundraiser. Ninety percent of the funds goes into Helping Hands Ministry," the Rev. Deb Frysinger said.

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The pumpkins come from a Navaho Reservation in New Mexico.

"They truck it here. This is their only fundraiser that they have," she said. "It's Christians helping Christians."

The festivities will kick off with a German Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. The luncheon will include bratwurst and sauerkraut with potato salad and mock German beer.

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Frysinger said the festivities will continue on Saturday, Oct. 20, with a carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The carnival will include a bounce house, games for kids with prizes, a petting zoo, face painting and food.

"We are going to be having all kinds of things for the family. There is no admission cost. The cost would be for tickets. We are here to help the community and have some fun," she said.

The Pumpkin Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 27.

"We do it every year and it seems to get bigger and bigger," Frysinger said. "There will be a lot of surprises for the whole family."

The festival will kick off with a blessing of the animals at 10 a.m., followed by pumpkin games at 10:30 a.m., costume contest ages 1 through adult at 11 a.m. and a pie eating contest for all ages at noon. There will also be free hot dogs for everyone.

The costume contest will include the prettiest and ugliest costume, with the winner receiving a gift card.

She encourages the community to bring their animals for the Blessing of Pets.

"I usually get dogs. I've had some cats. I've had a great big yellow snake. We have had raccoons," Frysinger said.

The festivities will conclude with a Trunk or Treat from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Frysinger said they typically get 10 to 20 cars participate.

"You want a safe place for your child to go trick or treating," she said, adding that trunks are full of goodies. "They raise their trunk up and kids can go up and down the line and get treats. Last year we had over 800 kids, all ages."

Frysinger encourages teenagers to attend as well.

"Some people, they will say, why are teenagers coming? They are too old to be dressed up to come around and get free candy. We don't care because they are here. They are not running the streets and getting in trouble," she said. "They are dressing up going around and getting candy. They only have one or two more years before getting a job and having responsibility."

First Community Congregational Church is at 200 Leeland Heights Blvd. E. For more information, call (239) 369-1615.



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