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Family fun is key ingredient for annual Koinonia festival

August many be waning, with a new school year on the horizon, but families can enjoy one of the final weekends of summer at the annual Koinonia Family Fest tomorrow (Sunday) at Koinonia Christian Fellowship in Bloomingdale.

The annual festival is Koinonia’s gift back to the community, said event coordinator Crystal Kuepfer. It features free food, live music and dance from their in-house musicians, and lots of activities for kids and adults alike.

“We really do value family and our community – we just want to really offer something to them as a way of giving back,” she said. “To host a family event that the whole family can come to and enjoy together is something we love to do.”

There will be a carousel, a bouncy castle, face-painting, and a giant inflatable slide that Keupfer points out as one of the favourite attractions each year. There will also be a play area for pre-schoolers. For the brave, there is going to be a rock-climbing wall and a bucking bull.

This is the tenth year for family fest, and Koinonia expects about 2,000 people to attend. The whole day really rests on the shoulders of about 300 volunteers – “(we) definitely could not do it without them,” she said.

Family Fest runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday; admission is free, and ride tickets cost $1 to $2. Koinonia Christian Fellowship is located at 850 Sawmill Road.

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