Weekly Feature

2017-10-12 / Front Page

Life Church expands FestiFall to include all Southtowns communities

by JENNIFER WATERS
Editor

Life Church Buffalo will hold its fourth FestiFall event on Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 15, at the church, 4928 Seneca St., as an outreach of the ministry, which looks to bring together all Southtowns communities for a large, inclusive fall festival.

John Spaschak from the church said this year’s event has high-reaching goals.

“We’ve held [the event] for the last number of years, but we really want to take it to another level and want to create the event to be the largest community fall event for the Southtowns,” Spaschak said.

“Essentially, the main event is on Saturday. It’s only $1 admission, or a canned good,” Spaschak said.

He added that visitors who agree to fill out an information card will be rewarded with a passport for one free popcorn, cotton candy, snow cone and pumpkin painting.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, activities will fill the church lot from the front of Seneca Street to the back of the property.

They include a stage with live music; hawk show; jugglers and a magician; professional sports team mascots such as Sabretooth; touch-a-truck with fire trucks, EMS, police vehicles and campers from Buffalo RV; food trucks; vendors; a petting zoo; pony and tractor rides; games and crafts for children; face painting; and bounce houses.

Sunday’s event will feature two live music experiences at 9 and 11 a.m. and a chicken barbecue at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets for the barbecue are $12 the day of the event or $10 in advance. Balloon animals, children’s games and face painting will also be offered that afternoon.

Inspiration for expansion of the event came from necessity, Spaschak said, after witnessing frequent autumnal travels to Clarence for the Great Pumpkin Farm or to Ellicottville for the Fall Festival.

“This is not a fundraiser for the church. We’re not asking for money, we’re not raising funds, we’re not even going after sponsors. We’re creating a community event because the Southtowns does not have a large fall, Festi-Fall-type event,” he said.

Previous year’s events have drawn about 100 or fewer people, Spaschak said.

“It’s been kind of small-time. As a church, we want to create an outreach event that includes everybody,” he said, adding that the event is not looking for conversion from attendees. “It’s a community event.”

“No matter what race, origin, age, it will be a fun event for all,” Spaschak said.

For the first time, the event is giving local businesses an opportunity to sell products and gain exposure in the community.

“Some are taking advantage of that and some just don’t get it yet, but that’s OK, they will,” Spaschak said. “By year three, I think you’ll have to get your spot early.”

For more information on the festival, contact the church by calling 675-5433, sending an email to office@lifechurchbuffalo.com or visiting www.lifechurchbuffalo.com.

email: jwaters@beenews.com

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