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Festival, gospel sing to raise money for youth camp

Ohio Furnace Enterprise Baptist Church (OFEBC) is getting ready for its sixth annual fall festival and gospel sing on Saturday, Sept. 12. This year’s event will provide inflatables, face painting and an auction in addition to live entertainment provided by local Christian musicians.

Batman and the Batmobile from Heroes 4 Higher will be at the event from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and guests will be able to get their picture taken with Batman.

“Everybody’s invited,” said Kyle Stormes, assistant youth director at OFEBC. “A lot of people come out to it.”

The event is a way to provide the community with a fun day out as well as raise funds for the church youth department’s yearly trip to summer camp.

“We have a free summer camp,” said Stormes. “We’re fundraising year around.”

In order to cover the cost to send local youth to camp, the church relies on fundraising events. Stormes said that it costs around $6,000 to send about 80 people to the Enterprise Baptist Youth Camp, located near Rio Grande, each year.

“If we charged to go to camp, a lot of (the youth) wouldn’t be able to go,” said Stormes.

“A lot of our teens come from broken homes. “We want to show them the love of Christ.”

Young people from the church’s youth department will assist with the festival and gospel sing.

“A lot of our teenagers help out at the event,” said Stormes. “It’s important to them.”

While there is no cost to attend the festival, funds will be raised through vendors at the event as well as concessions.

The church likes to see the number of community members who attend the event grow each year, said Stormes.

“A lot of people come out to it,” he said.

The festival and gospel sing will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 12.