The Countdown for Fall Festival 2017 has begun!

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Believe it or not, the Outdoor Ministries Team has been working on the 41st annual Fall Festival for a while now. This traditional fundraiser will be held on Sunday, October 1 from 11 am – 5 pm this year.
We will continue to offer the established “favorites” in food and programming, but are seeking groups to operate food stands as well as musical performers. Also, volunteers are needed in the various areas.  Previous crafters will be contacted soon – however, if you are a first-time crafter interested in being considered for a space in the craft area, please contact Susan Fuchs at SusanKFuchs@gmail.com.
The one major change this year is a new “Upscale Resale” Shop (each item valued at $10 or more) in the Fireside Area of Oak Lodge. Those who usually provide Silent Auction baskets, etc. are certainly welcomed to continue donating. However, each donation will be price marked for sale on that day before 4 pm. Due to requests for a larger seating area to accommodate the diners in Oak Lodge, we will set up more tables/chairs for them to eat. The remaining half of the Fireside Area will house the ‘Upscale Resale’ Shop to attract shoppers looking for the right item(s). We expect each donated item to be nice, clean, and easily carried. Suggested items for donations in the “Upscale Resale” Shop are: purses, suitcases, jewelry, coats, general décor, lamps, seasonal decorations (including wreaths, small trees), floral bouquets, kitchenware, etc. Donated items may be brought to DuBois Center, or pick-up arrangements may be made by contacting Norma Borgmann any time before September 29.
More information will be sent to the 79 ISC churches this summer in addition to periodic updates in future editions of the Weekly Connection and on this blog. The Outdoor Ministries Team hopes that you will include the DuBois Center’s Fall Festival on your calendars now for Oct 1.
If you have any questions or comments or need info, please feel free to contact Norma Borgmann, Fall Festival Coordinator, at nborgmann1658@charter.net or 618-533-1658 or 618-292-4617.

Quilts Needed for Fall Festival

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Beautiful quilts are an integral part of DuBois Center’s annual Fall Festival. Each year, lovingly crafted treasures are donated for the quilt drawing. Our first quilt of the season has been donated and it’s beautiful! This charming star pattern quilt is twin-sized (66″ x 86″), hand-pieced and quilted. It was created and donated by Sarah Moore, a member at Bethel UCC in Cahokia. This is Sarah’s second Fall Festival quilt.

If you or your group would like to donate a quilt for this year’s drawing, contact Shirley at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202. Ideally, the second quilt would be queen-sized. Thanks for your support!

Calling All Quilters!

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For over a decade, a quilt drawing has been a significant piece of the annual DuBois Center Fall Festival. In recent years, we have been blessed to have two or more art quality quilts each year which together have raised $1,500-$2,400 annually. We’re reaching out now to see if anyone is interested in creating and donating a quilt for this years’ event.

The quilts are typically donated by local church quilting groups and other friends of DuBois Center. Specifications include queen-size, appealing to a wide audience and made with love and prayers. Ideally, the quilts begin traveling to local churches in August, so a July completion date works well. If you or your quilting group might be interested in donating a work-of-art quilt for the 2017 Fall Festival, please contact the DuBois Center office at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202. We’d love to talk to you about the possibilities.

DuBois Dash

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DuBois Center will be hosting its third annual DuBois Dash this October. Run or walk through beautiful wooded trails while supporting DuBois’ programs.

Taking place before DuBois Center’s annual Fall Festival on October 4, the DuBois Dash will support the center and its summer camp programs. Participants can choose either the 5K Trail Run or the 1 Mile Fun Walk. The Run will be timed with prizes awarded to the top male and female performers in each age bracket.

Registration will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on the day of the race, with pre-race activities, including a short chapel service, starting at 9 a.m. The race will begin at 9:30 with an awards ceremony taking place after the conclusion of the race. Then, all participants are invited to stay and join in the fun at the Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DuBois Center’s Fall Festival is held each year and features a variety of craft booths, musical entertainment, delicious food, activities for the children, horseback riding, hayrides and more.

Download the DuBois Dash 2015 Flyer and Registration Form more information, including prices and registration information. For those looking to sponsor the race, please download the Dash 2015 Sponsorship Form. We welcome any sponsorship at an level, including t-shirt sponsors, mileage marker sponsors, banner sponsors and supplies and prize donations.