Children play during the Kempner Fall Festival at Sylvia Tucker Memorial Park on Nov. 2 in Kempner.

Games of tic-tac-toe, balls of cotton candy and a clown ministry helped fill the community’s food pantry Nov. 2 at Kempner United Methodist Church.

Crowds of adults and children filled Sylvia Tucker Memorial Park in Kempner for the inaugural fall festival. Families and individuals enjoyed more than 15 activities sponsored by four churches.

“Our purpose foremost is to reach our community to bring people to Christ,” said organizer Jennifer Lee of First Baptist Church in Kempner. “We wanted to provide good, clean fun and attract kids. They are our future. We try to raise them correctly now in a Christian environment.”

Lee referred to statistics that nine out of 10 children raised in a Christian environment are not the ones who end up in jail.

“Children raised with Christ are better friends and are more involved in the community and in the church,” Lee said. “Honestly, they are just better people because they have a purpose in life.”

Churches chip in

Oakhills Baptist Church provided the fish pond, duck pond, plinko and football toss. Clear Creek had its clown ministry bringing smiles to the kids with its balloon animals and face painting.

First Baptist Church provided hot dogs and a cupcake walk for which Lee made 200 cupcakes. Grace United Methodist provided several other activities and was involved in the collection of the cans of food that guests to the event contributed as their entry fees.

All of the food was donated to Grace United Methodist Church, which houses the food pantry for the entire community.

The pantry serves 14 to 18 families every month from Lampasas to Copperas Cove.

Much of the food collected at the fall festival will be used in the 25 Thanksgiving baskets that Kempner families will receive.

Contact Wendy Sledd at or (254) 501-7476

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