Church prepares for annual fall fest tradition
There are 2,712 pumpkins in the lawn of the Deer Park United Methodist Church.
What better way to celebrate the fall season?
The church’s pumpkin patch attracts hundreds of visitors each year, and serves as the perfect lead-in to its annual Fall Festival, held this year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20.
Besides arts-and-crafts vendors, silent auctions, bake sale, family and children’s games, a book fair and more pumpkins, the festival is a multipurpose event with community-minded offerings.
The event will include children fingerprinting courtesy of the Citizens Police Academy, flu shots and for the first time, an electronic recycling station, where residents can dispose of outdated computers and other old electronic equipment.
“Some things are just broken and you can’t use them anymore, but they can be taken apart and recycled,” said Tracy Womack, the church’s communications director.
Festival visitors also are invited to donate nonperishable food items such as peanut butter and canned goods to the Deer Park Community Food Pantry, a food distribution project organized by area churches and based from the Deer Park United Methodist campus.
According to Womack, the event attracts more than 1,000 visitors every year and coincides with the weekend of Wings Over Houston.
“A lot of people will either come over here first thing and go over to Wings Over Houston, or vice versa, but they know it’s always on the same weekend,” she said.
The church’s Fall Festival has been a Deer Park tradition for over 20 years, and residents look forward to the seasonal celebration and preparations for the holidays, said Womack.
“It’s a time when people begin to think about being outside a little more, as well as beginning to plan for some of the upcoming things, like fall decorations, Christmas gifts, home crafts, and that’s what our vendor will be providing,” she said. “Generations have been coming and doing this together.”
Deer Park United Methodist Church is at 1300 E Thirteenth St, Deer Park and admission is free.
For more information, visit www.dpumc.org