News: New River Fall Festival kicks off holiday season
Story by Lance Cpl. Andy Orozco
NEW RIVER, N.C. - The Fall Festival brought together the Marine Corps Air Station New River community at the station chapel, Nov. 15, and kicked of the holiday season with the smiles and laughs of the Marines and their families who attended the event.
“The Fall Festival is a great opportunity to have the community come out and have some good, wholesome fun as a family,” said Judy Bradford, Protestant Director of Religious Education.
The chapel has hosted the Fall Festival for approximately four years.
“It’s just a great opportunity to invite the neighborhood out and give the church the ability to say ‘we’re here if you need us,’” said Bradford. “It is us saying that you don’t have to go to church but we are here for you.”
The Fall Festival was a free event with food and prizes open to all Marines, Sailors and their families.
“A lot of the other festivals you go to cost money for tickets, food and games,” said Bradford. “This isn’t a fundraiser of any sort, and it was strictly for the military community to know that they have the church to rely on.”
Bradford went on to explain that the chapel is more than just a place of worship.
“The church isn’t just here for religious reasons,” said Bradford. “We are here for deployments, people who may just need someone to talk to or even, in this case, just a chance to go have fun. For instance, we have our deployed spouses’ dinner we do once a month and Vacation Bible School that we do in the summer to try to reach out to the community.”
The Fall Festival had a variety of games and prizes at each station to hand out to the children.
“We had bouncy houses, an obstacle course and the popular cake walk, which is really similar to musical chairs,” said Bradford. “Children were given prizes like noisemakers and balloons for winning games.”
“The Fall Festival is an annual event and everyone from the Marine Corps community is more than welcome to join us next year,” said Lt. Cmdr. Marc H. Massie, the air station command chaplain.