There’s a new way to celebrate Autumn in the Louisville area, and it combines good, old-fashioned family fun with a way to help others! The Prospect Fall Festival, held at Gingerwoods Event Hall, in Prospect, KY (next to Henry’s Ark) was hosted by Faith Community Church. All of the activities were free with a donation of certain supplies to benefit Louisville Rescue Mission. (Please read to the end to learn the fascinating story behind LRM.) Requested items included laundry detergent, toilet paper, trash bags, Pine Sol, towels, and other cleaning items.
We took our grandchildren to explore this new festival. We dropped off our donated items at the entrance and were free to enjoy all of the fun and festive activities.
The Inflatable Fun Zone was the first thing they wanted to explore. They jumped in the bounce houses, went down the giant slide, played the inflatable ball toss games, and conquered the obstacle course.
There was an excellent face-painter at the Festival, who stayed busy painting butterflies and super heroes on the faces of little ones (and some big ones, too!)
There were magic shows and balloon animals, big tractors to crawl on, and horses to ride.
The many fun activities worked up some big appetites, and there were food items available for purchase at very reasonable prices, including hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, chips, candy, and cold drinks.
One of my favorite things was an elaborate display of hay bales, pumpkins, and scarecrows which made a perfect setting for taking memorable photographs. There were baskets of hats and clothes available for folks to dress up like scarecrows for some very cute pictures, but our grandchildren were only interested in the hats.
This festival is perfect for families with young children, allowing everyone to enjoy themselves in a relaxing setting. We all had a wonderful time, and it was great to see all of those donated items piled atop of tables, to be utilized by many people in need for months to come.
There is quite an interesting story behind the Louisville Rescue Mission!
It was founded in 1881, by Steve P. Holcombe. Mr. Holcombe was a riverboat gambler and murderer of two people. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. It changed him dramatically, and he set about helping to better the lives of others. He started the Mission as a place where folks could come for a hot meal and to hear him teach from the Bible.
The Mission expanded, after four short years, to serve homeless men, women, and children with overnight facilities. Many other activities were made available over the years, including starting Louisville’s first free public kindergarten, senior citizen programs, kids’ camps, and soup kitchen.
The Mission, which has had many name changes over the years, received government funding for many of its programs, but eventually severed ties with the government in order to reclaim its commitment to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed. Although this caused some serious financial problems, the Mission raised over $1 million in 2012, thanks to the generous support of a record number of churches and individuals in the Louisville community.
The Louisville Rescue Mission, which is located at 733 East Jefferson Street, in Louisville, also offers “Emergency Services” for the impoverished, including food, clothing, hot showers, restrooms, laundry facilities, storage of personal items, and mail service. Imagine how wonderful it must feel for those in need to have a safe place to go to take a hot shower and launder their clothing? These are the things most of us take for granted each day .
If you’d like to learn more, or make a donation, visit louisvillerescuemission.org
The Prospect Fall Festival will definitely be an annual event for our family. I think we will make it even more special next year, by allowing each of our grandchildren to select which items from the suggested list that they would like to donate!