Here's a great family event with something for everyone, and it doesn't cost a dime.
The Carrollton Church of God, at 2151 Bethel Road, Finksburg, is having its fifth annual Fall Harvest Festival at the church from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.
Look for games, crafts, food, music and more — and everything is free.
"We do this for free because it is our community outreach effort," church member Deborah Chaney said. "We'll have pumpkin painting, face painting, the Reese [fire company] firetruck, [tractor pulled] hayrides, music, games and door prizes."
Chaney said kids will also love the moon bounce that looks like a big Noah's Ark.
"We have homemade beef vegetable soup, hot dogs, french fries, cotton candy, popcorn, cupcakes and beverages," Chaney said. "We roast marshmallows [on a fire pit] near the end of the event. We'll have apple cider, [punch] and water. We do something different every year."
Look for cornhole games for the family to play and a variety of other simple games for preschool and elementary school-age kids.
Chaney said there will be a bunny petting zoo with people-friendly bunnies that are used to being petted.
Every half hour, a door prize will be called, Chaney said.
The door prizes are all gift cards to Royal Farms except for the day's last door prize, which Chaney calls the grand door prize.
"It's a big artificial pumpkin decoration," she said.
Every family will get a welcome bag with information about the church inside, as well as a pencil, a bag of pretzels or popcorn, a tract about the church mission, and some candy.
"Every family gets a bag and then they can put things they gather throughout the event into their bags. We have our own popcorn machine and our own cotton candy," Chaney said. "They can get that. We also have jars of candy corn. If you guess how many candy corn are in a jar you win the jar of candy. We have several of those, and Reese fire company usually gives out a coloring book and a plastic firemen's hat, too."
Chaney said folks will find many ways to have fun at their Fall Harvest Festival.
"It is a wonderful thing for families to do that doesn't require spending money," she said. "You can eat at the beginning, during the event and again at the end. It's nice to go out and spend time with family and not spend money."
For more information, contact Chaney at 410-404-7120.
Friends of Shipley, a charitable nonprofit based in Shipley, will hold its 10th annual bingo, featuring Longaberger baskets, designer bags, Pandora jewelry, and cash prizes, on Friday, Oct. 9 at Gamber fire company in Gamber.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for this event, the same time the kitchen opens with sandwiches, soups, sodas and all kinds of desserts offered for sale.
The price of admission is $20 and includes 20 regular games. Extra cards will be available for $5 each. Look for specials, raffles, games of chance and door prizes, too. Money made at the event will be donated to charities within Carroll County.
For tickets or information, contact Dolores Bankert at 410-848-9080.
Gamber fire company is at 3838 Niner Road, Gamber.