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ACV’s Fall Fest
and Thunder on the Suwannee 2019

This spunky pumpkin lady caught in the bathtub submitted by Good Samaritan Center’s Magnolia Court won first place in the adult division of the pumpkin decorating contest at Advent Christian Village’s Autumn Fest on Nov. 2. -Photo by James Sutter

By James Sutter, ACV Community Life Coordinator

This year’s Autumn Festival, Thunder on the Suwannee, at Advent Christian Village (ACV) in Dowling Park, was a day full of fun activities for all. Held on November 2, 2019, the line-up included 51 vendors of handmade items, miscellaneous merchandise for sale and food vendors. Vendors were stationed in the Village Square starting at 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. We welcomed back Scott Carroll, event’s Emcee for the day. Suwannee ROTC performed the flag presentation then right into our guest soloist, Don Warren’s presentation of the National Anthem. Daniel Trujillio from Christian Motorcyclist Associates introduced Run for the Son our featured charity. Sweet Harmony sang music of all types and styles ranging from oldies to hymns of praise and worship. Special Thanks to this popular trio: Cassandra Hunter, Arletta Kline and Lora Tyre.

Two contests were conducted during the day: A Pumpkin Yummy and A Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

Jo England was the Grand Prize winner of the Pumpkin Yummy Contest with her three creations of Pumpkin Cheesecake-1st Place, Soft Pumpkin Cookies-2nd Place and Pumpkin Crisp-3rd Place. She is willing to share her recipes with any interested party. Please contact the lodge office if interested.

Congratulations to the following winners of the Pumpkin Decorating Contest-Adult Division: 1st Place winner-Magnolia Court, 2nd Place winner-Dogwood Court, 3rd Place winner –Cora Huckaba; Youth Division: 1st Place winner-Jordan Coombs and 2nd Place winner-Evelyn Coombs. Special Thanks to all who participated.

Food vendors this year included: The Grill Team who sold a variety of grilled items, Mexican Food, Funnel Cakes, Ice Cream, Snow cones, fresh squeezed lemonade; and home-made baked goods. Also featured this year were organic fruits and vegetables.

Make plans to join us for another exciting day on May 2, Cruisin’ on the Suwannee. Contact Karen Thomas by calling 386-658-5933 for additional information or to sign up to participate.

Much appreciation goes out to the staff of Conference & Retreat and the Maintenance and Grounds Crew for all the extra work they did to make this a very successful event. We could not have done it without you.

Sierra Nissley enjoys a delicious funnel cake at Advent Christian Village’s Autumn Fest on Nov. 2. -Photo by James Sutter

Terry Lutz of Dowling Park was one of several motorcyclists who took part in Advent Christian Village’s Thunder on the Suwannee motorcycle rally on Nov. 2. -Photo by James Sutter