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Fifth Quarter to host special band

For more than 10 years, Central Christian Church in Ironton has offered a safe place for local teens to hang out and have fun after Ironton High School home football games.

Called the Fifth Quarter Outreach, the church opens its gymnasium to all junior and senior high children for basketball, free pizza, Cornhole and an inspirational message.

“It is designed to be an introduction to the youth ministry as well as give a structured alternative to other activities that may be less fruitful after the home football games,” said T. J. Parnell, youth pastor.

Friday night, right after the Tigers football game, Fifth Quarter will host Indianapolis, Ind.-based group the Aaron Pelsue Band.

Parnell said the outreach program put all its resources into getting the band for the free concert.

“This is a high-energy rock band that the kids already involved with us know and love,” Parnell said.

For the rest of the home games this year, Parnell said the outreach will be the same as in years past, with food, games and speakers who will tell the teens how God has working in their lives.

“We just want to make sure all kids in the area know about it and feel welcome,” Parnell said.