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New Midway Baptist Church had a community outreach program with its fish camp on Aug. 2 on the Eblen farm on New Midway Road, Kingston.
The fish camp, in conjunction with Roane County Farm Bureau, was attended by about 400 people.
The day started at 9 a.m. with registration for a fishing contest sponsored by Anglers for Christ.
The contest was open to ages 2-18, and club members were available to help the children during the competition.
Various fishing equipment, including rods and reels and tackle boxes, were awarded to those catching the three largest fish in each age group.
The camp included an all-day festival of Christian singers and bands.
Prior to lunch, Andrew Murray, New Midway youth pastor, presented a sermon during which eight people surrendered their lives to the Lord.
Directly after the sermon, two young people were baptized in the catch pool of the water slide, made available by East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department.
The water slide was about 50 yards long with a catch pond at the bottom.
The church women provided a lunch of barbecue, hot dogs, chili, beans, slaw, tomatoes and potato salad with several different desserts.
During the afternoon, University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Lifestar air medical helicopter landed.
The children were allowed to sit in the helicopter, and many pictures were taken.
When Lifestar departed, it did a fly-by and hovered over the water slide area, to the delight of both children and adults.
Danny McKee’s granddaughter, McKenzie, who participated in the World Champion Rodeo and won the barrel-racing class, rode her horse among the crowd to the delight of the children.
A fish fry at 4 p.m. included all-you-can-eat fried fish, coleslaw, potato salad, hot dogs, barbecue and desserts.
Members of New Midway Baptist Church said they are grateful for the volunteers who saved their time and worked so diligently to provide such a wonderful day for the members of the community.
They gave a special thanks to the Eblen family for all their efforts and use of their farm.