Kids Fest slated for July 7 at Parkersburg City Park

Photo Provided A scene from a previous year’s Kids Fest at City Park where the event will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 7. Kids Fest, which is free, is sponsored and organized by Liberty Street Church of God, the Baptist Temple and the Bethel AME Church.

PARKERSBURG — Kids Fest returns 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 7 at Parkersburg City Park in the area of the band shell.

The festival is sponsored by the Liberty Street Church of God, the Baptist Temple and the Bethel AME churches in Parkersburg.

Numerous games and activities are planned for children with the aim to show children the love of Jesus, said Nancy Harrell, an organizer with the Liberty Street Church of God.

“We want to connect Jesus Christ with them,” said Harrell, wife of Brian Harrell, pastor of the Liberty Street Church of God. “Let them know there’s somebody who loves them.”

Kids Fest includes food, face painting and entertainment, too, she said. Youth at the church are participating in the organization, she said.

“Everything will still be free,” Harrell said.

Appearing at the festival will be Gary and Ann Gramlich of Florida, whose ministry for children has been around the world; Mad Max, the horned-cap larger than life cheerleader for Parkersburg South High; and Simeon Beals, children’s pastor at Liberty Street Church of God, who will perform on the stage.

A main part of the festival will be three tents where there will be puppets, a drama and a reader for children all with a biblical theme, Harrell said. The tents are scheduled from 10-10:20 a.m.

Kids Fest will be a prelude to the start of Vacation Bible School at Liberty Street Church of God, Harrell said. The school will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 8-10, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

A feature of this year’s school will be a market place in Jerusalem set in the time of Jesus Christ, Harrell said. Planned are a bakery, a carpenter and a potter, among other merchants and vendors common in the market, she said.

“It will help kids see what it was like in Jesus’ time,” Harrell said.

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