Camp Mack Festival

Passengers fill a Lions Club train at a previous Camp Mack Festival.

The 14th annual Camp Mack Festival will take place Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — rain or shine.

Breakfast foods will be served from 9 to 11 a.m. and lunch items from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The food court, with a variety of foods provided by congregations, will be in the large Quinter-Miller Auditorium.  

Churches cooking over open campfires will be outside nearby.

While eating, attendees can enjoy live entertainment on the Quinter-Miller stage. There will also be tables available for open air dining.

Sarah Major Lodge, across from Quinter-Miller, will again contain a great variety of crafts, games and food projects for children to enjoy. This year’s theme for children’s activities is “The Camp Mack Summer Games.”

Children (and adults) will enjoy the demonstrations and displays. The hands-on demonstrations include candle dipping, rope making, corn shelling and corn grinding. Weather permitting, hayrides, pontoon rides, train rides and horse-drawn carriage rides will give 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, new this year is 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 second contest.

Wooden skeleton forms will be provided. Camp officials 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. is a festival favorite, Jim Snapp, the magician. After the magic show, people can stay at JKWC for the afternoon live auction.

At this year’s auctions, not only will bidders raise money for camper scholarships and lighting upgrades for Quinter-Miller Auditorium, but they will enjoy the comfort of the Kate Warstler Dining Center in the John Kline Welcome Center where both the silent and the live auctions will be located.

Auction times are: Silent auction — 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; live auction — 1:30 to 3:30 p.m..

Between raising your silent auction bids, you can slip over to the JKWC Gathering Room for some more entertainment.

There is no admission or parking charge.

Camp Mack is located at 1113 E. Camp Mack Road, Milford. For more information, call the Camp at 574-658-4831.

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