Fun at the Ole Time Country Fair

Mt. Pleaseant Baptist Church in Forest City recently held their seventh annual Ole Time Country Fair.
Nov. 11, 2012 @ 06:00 AM

FOREST CITY — Rides, games, food and fun, and all for free?

Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Forest City recently held their seventh annual Ole Time County Fair.

"The church ladies group, Sisters of Service, work with the brotherhood to organize the whole thing. We have free rides and games because there are so many people out of work, it is good for them to be able to come," said Waynette Wells, fair coordinator. "We really enjoy doing it. This is the seventh year we have had it, and it gets better every year."

Rides included a ferris wheel, swings, a spinner and inflatables. The Rutherford County Fire and Rescue also provided their Fire Safety House and a fire safety obstacle course for the event.

According to Wells, the church plans and raises funds for the fair all year.

"We do different fundraisers throughout the year to raise money so that we can have this. The entire church works together. Everyone pitches in," Wells said. "My favorite part of the fair is watching the children and their faces lighting up when they come in. I really enjoy it."

Nancy Philbeck, head of the Sisters of Service, says her favorite part of the fair is the fact that it brings everyone together.

"My favorite part is the way the Lord brings us together as a church, It is amazing. I can see his hand in this," Philbeck said. "Over and over we hear how much the people who come to the fair appreciate us doing this. They tell us that their children wouldn't be able to go to a fair if we didn't do this."

Attendants could also win prizes in a raffle, or try their hand at bingo. The food included barbecue, hushpuppies, chicken, hot dogs and french fries.

All of the money raised from the food and raffle goes to the church building fund.

Bob Philbeck, preacher, says the fair is also a great way to reach the community.

"I like to meet all the people. It is also a great way to make a lot of contacts," Bob Philbeck said. "We have a lot more rides this year and more venders. It grows every year. But, it couldn't be done without the members of the church. They are all volunteers, so they only get paid in blessings."

Everyone who made it out for the fair, seemed to be having a great time.

"It's a good environment. I look forward to it every year. It's wonderful and we always come," said Peggy Turner. "It is free for the kids and a nice place to be. The church is awesome and they are all really friendly. This is the best thing in Rutherford County."