Atascocita Lutheran Church is celebrating the 30th year of their Fall Festival Benefit. All net proceeds will be distributed among various local charitable organizations. To date, more than $100,000 has been given back to the community. This year, 11 nonprofit organizations are provided free booths and will also share in the profits. “More than 100 volunteers from ALC make this festival possible. We’re thrilled to be able to raise funds each year to help charitable organizations in our community. Part of the proceeds this year will go to the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s “America’s Disaster Relief Fund” to help neighbors on the Texas Gulf Coast rebuild following Hurricane Ike,” said festival coordinator Joy Berthold. The annual Fall Festival Benefit will be Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Atascocita Lutheran Church, 7927 FM 1960 East at the corner of Pinehurst Trail Drive. Shoppers will find an array of candles, jewelry, holiday items, baskets, glasswork, clothing, mosaic items, yard art, pumpkin patch, concessions, kids’ zone, live music and much more. A wide variety of crafters and home-based business owners will be selling their wares, offering unique items for every taste. Texas barbecue, sausage on a stick and other favorites, as well as homemade goodies at the bake booth will be available. There will be a raffle booth as well as a book nook, where shoppers can dine while enjoying musical entertainment provided by some of the area’s most talented Christian artists. The free, kids’ zone will have moon walks, games, a giant slide, book nook and prizes for all. There will be a pumpkin patch as well as popcorn and cotton candy. A nice addition to the kids’ zone will be pony rides. “The community pitches in and offers free services for the festival. Tin Roof lets us borrow their barbecue pit; Bishop’s Car Care and Atascocita Storage publicize the festival on their signs; Disposal Doctor provides a free Dumpster; Humble Recycling provides additional recycling bins and The Tribune donated a free ad,” said Berthold. “The community pitches in and offers free services for the Festival.” ALC is especially excited to have nonprofit booths at the festival, where local organizations can inform visitors about their programs, find new volunteers and, hopefully, find loving homes for some adorable pets. Booth space is still available for vendors and nonprofit organizations. Contact the church office at 281-852-7333 or visit www.alutheranchurch.org. Photo: Shoppers enjoy the sights and sounds of the season as they browse the vendor booths at the Atascocita Lutheran Church annual Fall Festival Benefit.

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