WINONA LAKE – Grace College’s 33rd annual FunFest Friday revolved around kids and giving them a good time.
Alicia Meyer, director of student involvement, said to the best to her knowledge, FunFest was started as a fun way for Grace to serve the community and the college saw a need for families to have somewhere to go and have fun that’s not contingent on weather and that’s well lit.
Holden, Finley and Adalynn Owens hula hoop during Grace College’s FunFest Friday. Photo by Jackie Gorski, Times-Union
There were carnival-style games in accordance to their theme of outer space, so kids could throw rings on a rocketship, as well as enjoy things like bounce houses. Meyer said there was a lot of candy to give out and kids could earn some candy with some of the games available Friday.
There were also mini corndogs and asteroid cheese puffs available.
FunFest is coordinated by Serve, Grace’s student-led ministry. Meyer said students involved in Serve decide on things like the theme and what type of games will be available and decorations.
Meyer said attendance ranges from 500 people to 2,500. Last year, there were about 550 people.
She thinks the draw to FunFest is it’s inside, local and it’s an easy to place to go to instead of having to go to all the houses in the neighborhood.
Meyer said she hopes all the kids have a good time and make a lot of memories.
Ashley Miller said Saturday was the second time coming to FunFest with son Karl Miller. She said it’s a great activity Grace College puts on to bring the community together and “my kids love candy and they get lots of candy here.”
Kevin Stuckman, who was there with kids Isiah and Aliyah Stuckman and Eliejh Jones, said it was their third year going.
He said the kids love the event and that’s all that matters and they plan on continuing going until the kids no longer want to go.
Isiah and Aliyah Stuckman and Eliejh Jones line up to bowl during Grace College’s FunFest Friday. Photo by Jackie Gorski, Times-Union