Church's fun fest raises funds, builds community

Aug 27 2011 - 10:35pm

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Zambrie Simon, 3, waves to her uncle, Garth, as she rides an electric train during the Holy Family Catholic Church Fun Fest Saturday at the church in South Ogden.
ANTHONY SOUFFLE/Standard-Examiner 
Zambrie Simon, 3, waves to her uncle, Garth, as she rides an electric train during the Holy Family Catholic Church Fun Fest Saturday at the church in South Ogden.

SOUTH OGDEN -- Austin Spell says his church likes to hold activities that involve the entire community.

"The more involved we are with each other, the better we get to know you and the better you get to know us," he said.

Spell was volunteering at the Holy Family Catholic Church fun fest. The two-day event included live entertainment, dinner, movie in the park, crazy hair activities, a tea party, tattoo booth, silent auction, beer garden, carnival games and more.

"There are two main reasons why we hold this event," said Jodi Holmgren, one of the organizers. "First, it's to generate money to support the church building fund, which made our new parish possible, and second, we want the entire community to come out and enjoy the beautiful grounds and facility and get acquainted with one another."

The lower parking lot of the church was transformed into amusement rides and a stage for entertainment. Kids got to ride on swings and trains and play various carnival games. At dusk Friday, the movie, Soul Surfer was shown outside on the lawn.

"I think it's a great activity because it pulls the community together," said Josh Stoker. "I'm also here with my Scout group and I'm volunteering at the snack bar. I came last year and it was a lot of fun."

Kimi Bailey also volunteered at the festival.

"This is a really fun event. I really like the crazy hair activity because we get to spray paint their hair and the girls get to have their hair fixed up really nice. too. We have hair dressers coming in to do that."

Holmgren said the hair styles and tea party were scheduled by appointment. The girls got their own room, called the Princess Club, which was turned into an enchanted castle-like atmosphere.

Several bands performed at the event, including Dan Weldon, Blues Butterfly, King Tree, Korene Greenwood and Jordan Soul.

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