Besides enjoying all the fun and fellowship offered by a variety of foods, musical entertainment, rides, children’s activities, demonstrations, and displays, there are silent and live auctions.
The festivities begin at 9 a.m. with breakfast foods available until 11 a.m. and a quilt display until 1 p.m. at the John Kline Welcome Center meeting room. At 9:30 a.m. the silent auction begins and will run through 11:30 a.m. in the Kate Warstler Dining Center of the JKWC.
The festival has received some donations for sale this year: old crocks, quilts, a chiming mantle clock, old dishes, a beautiful wooden train, a rocking chair, plant stand with drawer, a brand new Simplicity tiller with electric start donated by Gardners Outdoor Power Equipment, numerous gift certificates from area businesses, and many other items.
This year’s festival will include two scarecrow contests and attendees may vote with money for their favorite scarecrow in each category. Besides the “Scarecrows Already Made” contest, persons can enjoy the “Make it at the Festival” scarecrow contest from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Individuals, families and groups may enter and will have one hour to “dress” and stuff a scarecrow in this contest. PVC pipe skeleton forms will be provided. Camp will provide some lost and found items for dressing the scarecrows, but participants are invited to bring items they may especially want to use, such as duct tape, twine, plastic bags, or quilt batting.
Lunch items will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The food court will offer a variety of foods provided by various congregations in the large Quinter-Miller Auditorium and live entertainment at the stage. Churches will also be outside cooking over an open campfire. There will be tables available for open air dining for those who choose to dine outside.
The Sarah Major Lodge, across from Quinter-Miller Auditorium, will again contain a large variety of crafts, games and food projects for children from toddlers to teens to enjoy. Children, and adults as well, will enjoy the demonstrations and displays. The hands-on demonstrations include candle dipping, rope making, corn shelling and corn grinding. New this year is a perpetual motion machine on display in the welcome center. Weather permitting, hayrides, pontoon rides, and train rides will give their passengers views of various parts of Camp Mack.
Jim Snapp, the magician, will be roaming throughout the food court, and then performing in the JKWC gathering room at 12:45 p.m.
The live auction begins at 1:30 p.m., with the winners of the scarecrow contest as chosen by the public announced.
Everyone is invited to enjoy the beauty of fall at the Camp Mack Festival. There is no admission or parking fee. Funds raised will provide camper scholarships and an audio-visual system for the soon-to-be-built Becker Retreat Center.
Camp Mack is located at 1113 E. Camp Mack Road, near Milford. For more information, call the camp at 574-658-4831 or visit www.campmack.org.