Festival in the Grove to celebrate fall instead of heat of summer

Festival in the Grove to celebrate fall instead of heat of summer

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, one of the oldest original churches in Craighead County, will celebrate its annual ice cream social and fish fry a little later than usual this year.

Instead of the heat of summer, the church faithful plan to enjoy festivities on Saturday, Sept. 26, with a country store, silent auction and face-painting for children.

"We used to have the ice cream social and we used to have it in June and early July," David Head, auctioneer and long-time member of Pleasant Grove UMC, said. "It's hot in June and July in Northeast Arkansas, so we decided last year to move it to a cooler time of the year. We kept the name the same; but it's grown. It used to be just ice cream and an auction. Now it's ice cream, a fish fry. We have tons of activities for the kids. We'll have bounce houses. We'll have hayrides. It's more of a festival than it is just an ice cream social."

Tickets for the event are $10 each and include a fish plate, drink and homemade ice cream by Larry Cupp.

"We have a silent auction at 4 o'clock, which lasts only an hour," festival organizer Cheryl Head said. "We have a country store where you can come in and buy baked goods. People just bring in all kinds of good things. We have homemade breads. We'll have eggs and canned goods."

The church is located at 2101 Pleasant Grove Road, not far from the traffic light near Burger King and Dairy Queen at Hilltop.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the church.

"We are still trying to build a family life center," David Head said. "That's still our goal. Initially it was to pay off a remodel of our church; which is about 150 years old. It's about the third oldest in the county. Just to continue our growth."

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