Silver Lake Community Fall Fest and new Family Fun Walk set for Oct. 24

community-baptist-fall-fest-logo-2013The spirit of harvest-time togetherness is alive and well in Silver Lake. A joint effort of local businesses, the Community Baptist Church and Village Board are leveraging the success of the church’s annual Fall Fest to bring even more neighbors together for the best of Fall fun on Oct. 24.

This year, a Family Fun Walk of 1.7 miles kicks off at 3 p.m. Organizers ask for non-perishable food items for The Sharing Center as the Family Fun Walk “registration fee.” Registrants will receive an official badge, and a treat bag to collect the goodies and gifts handed out by local civic organizations and businesses along the route. Register at 5th and North Ave between 4th and 5th in Silver Lake at 3 p.m.

The Fall Fest begins as usual at 5 p.m. and is free. According to Community Baptist Church Pastor Cliff Hathcock: “This is the church’s 4th Fall Festival. We do this every year for the same reason; we want neighbors to know neighbors and give everyone an opportunity to come together for fun, friendship and a meal. Fall is traditionally a great time to get together, and the only perfect time for a hot dog, hayride and bonfire! Of course the kids gear up all year for the bouncy house.”

Village of Silver Lake Trustee Doug Randolph states, “I’m really impressed with the way Silver Lake businesses and the church took the initiative to get together on this. When community members put effort into community building, it’s a lot easier for me as an elected board member to know and support what Silver Lakers really want. I’d like us all to do this kind of collaboration again for an event next Summer. We have a rollover fireworks budget to use, so maybe in August we can pull off a block party on Lake Street or a community-wide picnic? It really does seem like things go really well when we listen to each other, plan together, and head for the same result.”

In addition to the free treats, hot dogs and brats, Scully’s Silver Lake Grill will again offer hot chocolate and taffy apples at cost. Grill owner Deb Scully is behind the Oct. 24 event on all fronts: A neighbor, a church member and business owner. She said “Collaborating with other businesses has made it a lot easier to add the Family Fun Walk to the Fall Festival.  Business owners are naturally invested in this village, and want to see it prosper without losing its character. Maybe we’re starting to set a foundation for that kind of growth. Our village is great, we really want it to shine.”


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