Bethel's fall fest a boost for area

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Bethel Presbyterian Church and the Kingston community have come together for the past three years to benefit area nonprofit organizations with the church’s annual fall festival.

“This year’s receipts saw an increase of 20 percent over last year due to the great turnout from the community,” said Micki Anderson, one of the fall festival organizers.

The most recent fall festival started with a fellowship breakfast and a youth-led yard sale.

Attractions included a silent auction, a market of handcrafted works from area artists and a baked goods sale.

Music by the Riverfront Band provided a festive background for children’s games, horse rides, a petting zoo and café.

The proceeds from the yard sale benefited the Bethel Presbyterian and Kingston United Methodist churches’ joint youth and young adult program.

Proceeds from other fall festival activities went to benefit Hands of Mercy Enterprises, Michael Dunn Center and Roane County Cooperative Ministries.

Each organization received $2,000 to help with their good missions in the community.

Many area businesses and restaurants made substantial contributions to the silent auction, fellowship breakfast and cafe.