The aroma of french fries and hotdogs, the excited buzz of children racing from activity to activity, and the sight of tables and booths decorated in festive colors heralded the success of the first fall festival held at the Atlanta North Church in Dunwoody, Ga.
Attendance was high, with many families showing up to enjoy the various activities for the children, such as inflatables in the gym and crafts and games in the fellowship room. At the festival entrance, individuals could buy tickets to trade for food and children’s activities.
In addition, many young families rented a table inside the large fellowship room to showcase an at-home business. Credit for the idea to showcase small craft businesses belongs to Sabrina Patton, family ministries director, who organized the Nov. 11 evening event. As a result, church members who sold their wares also invited friends and family to come support them.
The at-home businesses presented a range of products, from home decor to makeup and essential oils. Kyla Steinkraus, a freelance writer whose stories have been showcased in the Adventist Guide magazine, sold her series of children’s books. Even children got in on the action. Budding entrepreneur Claire Beckworth, age 9, rented her own table and sold cupcakes and assorted stationery items.
Each vendor was responsible for decorating his/her own space, and some vendors were very creative. One table used blinking lights and brightly colored children’s items. Many vendors used brightly colored tablecloths and displays to put out the crafts in a pleasing array.
Atlanta North is blessed to have such a motivated and dedicated church member as Sabrina Patton to organize an event of this size. Sabrina teaches the fourth grade at Duluth Adventist Christian School, and her husband, Reggie, is a deacon at Atlanta North. Their three children, Sean, Khaliah, and Andrew, are always willing to help out at the events she plans.
by Jodi Beckworth