Churches step in to make Circle J Camp's 'Apple-less' Festival a success

Churches step in to make Circle J Camp's 'Apple-less' Festival a success

Churches step in to make Circle J Camp's 'Apple-less' Festival a success
11/17/2015

Photos submitted by Sandy Slater, Director of Circle J Retreat Camp

Circle J Retreat Camp's annual Apple Festival -- normally its "#1 fundraiser of the year," according to Camp Director Sandy Slater -- was nearly cancelled because of a blossom freeze on the camp's 100-year-old orchard. Slater said they went from 6,000 pounds of apples last year to only 40 pounds this year. However, prayers were answered in the form of six United Methodist Churches: Sheridan, Ten Sleep, Worland, Buffalo, Cody, and Thermopolis. Slater said they renamed the event to "Apple-less" Festival and all helped out in some way!

Volunteers did cooking, greeting, pumpkin painting, and face painting. Some also stepped in to be s'more fire stokers, piano players, guitar players, Tipi drummers and food severs. All the food was donated, including more than 20 pies and ice cream. Churches also pitched in loads of produce: pumpkins from a half-pound to 50 pounds, all kinds of squash, tomatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, and more.

"We still came up a few thousand short," Slater said. "But we know that the 200-plus guests had a great time even without the apples, and we pray that those and more will be back next year. To God we give all of the glory!"

 


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