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October 3, 2013

Camp Mack Festival set for this Saturday

MILFORD — The public is invited to the 15th annual Camp Mack Festival Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — rain or shine.

Besides fun and fellowship, plus a variety of foods, musical entertainment, rides, children’s activities, demonstrations and displays, there will also be silent and live auctions.

The festival has received several donations, which will be sold, including old crocks, quilts, a chiming mantle clock, old dishes, a beautiful wooden train, a rocking chair, plant stand with drawer, a brand new Simplicity tiller with electric start donated by Gardners Outdoor Power Equipment, numerous gift certificates from area businesses and other items.

The silent auction is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the live auction begins at 1:30 p.m. Both are in the Kate Warstler Dining Center in the John Kline Welcome Center. In the JKWC Meeting Room, visitors can learn about quilts at this year’s quilt display, available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Breakfast foods will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. and lunch items from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The food court will be provided by congregations in the Quinter-Miller Auditorium. Church congregants will be cooking over open campfires. While eating, attendees can enjoy live entertainment on the Quinter-Miller stage.

Sarah Major Lodge, across from Quinter-Miller, will contain a variety of crafts, games and food projects for children from toddlers to teens to enjoy.

Children, and adults as well, will enjoy the demonstrations and displays. The hands-on demonstrations, including candle dipping, rope making, corn shelling and corn grinding, are popular. New this year is a perpetual motion machine on display in the Welcome Center.

Weather permitting, hayrides, pontoon rides, and train rides will give their passengers some great views of various parts of Camp Mack.

This year’s Festival will have two scarecrow contests and attendees may vote with money for their favorite scarecrow in each category. Besides the “Scarecrows Already Made” contest, festival-goers can enjoy the “Make it at the Festival” Scarecrow contest from 10 to 11 a.m.

Individuals, families and groups may enter and will have one hour to “dress” and stuff a scarecrow in this contest. PVC pipe skeleton forms will be provided. The camp will provide some lost and found items for dressing the scarecrows, but participants are invited to take items they may especially want to use, including duct tape, twine, plastic bags or quilt batting. The winner in each category will be announced and receive their plaque at the beginning of the 1:30 p.m. live auction.

Roaming throughout the food court and then performing in the John Kline Welcome Center Gathering Room at 12:45 p.m. will be magician Jim Snapp. After the magic show, stay at JKWC for the afternoon live auction.

There is no admission or parking charge. Funds raised will provide camper scholarships and an audiovisual system for the soon-to-be-built Becker Retreat Center

Camp Mack is located at 1113 E. Camp Mack Road, Milford. For more information, call the Camp at 574-658-4831 or go to www.campmack.org.

 

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