A day of Christ-centered activity planned for park

EAST LIVERPOOL -A full day of music and games for adults and children is planned for Praise in the Park which gets under way at 10 a.m. today in Thompson Park.

According to promoter Bill Vassar, the entire day will be Christ-based with all denominations represented at the event, which he declared, “a gathering of multiple churches.”

From 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., a host of children’s activities will be held in the upper circle of the park, including games, arts and crafts, a jumparound and a balloon launch at 3 p.m.

Music will fill the air from 10 a.m. until the last act takes the stage at 8:30 p.m.

Performers, in order of their acts, include Lareen Powers, Lucy Harris, House of Prayer, Leah Prescott, Dave Byers, Newell Nazarene Church, Kim Vassar, Doc Roe, Cross Vision, Voice of Pentecost, Maggie Hoobler, Extol Dance Team, The Remnant, and The Lighthouse Band.

According to Vassar, everything from bluegrass to rock and roll and heavy metal will be offered, with a Christian flavor.

The entertainment will stop for a half hour at 3 p.m. for an alter call for those interested.

The only charge will be for concessions that include such treats as hot dogs, meatball sandwiches, chicken dinners, taco-in-a-bag, ice cream and root beer floats. Children who participate will receive a free snack at about 2:30 p.m.

Team Mojo will also be holding a Chinese auction of locally donated items, with proceeds going to that organization.

Vassar said the event, in its eighth year, traditionally attracts between 300 and 600 visitors and said he anticipates the same this year, noting, “We’ve never been rained out yet.”