Rotterdam United Methodist Church set to hold annual fall festival (4 photos)

Janet Harrison of Rotterdam, left, and Gloria Quant of Schenectady chop carrots and celery for soup at the Rotterdam United Methodist Church kitchen on Thursday.
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Janet Harrison of Rotterdam, left, and Gloria Quant of Schenectady chop carrots and celery for soup at the Rotterdam United Methodist Church kitchen on Thursday.

ROTTERDAM — Rotterdam United Methodist Church will hold its annual fall festival this Saturday, offering free fun and activities for children.

The church’s sixth annual fall festival will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1915 Helderberg Ave.

“We’re the only church, I think, that does everything free, all the activities,” event coordinator Donna Jahnel said. “We have two bounce houses this year, pony rides, arts and crafts. Every child that comes Saturday will get to bring home a project. We have sand art, finger painting, all kinds of different activities for the kids.”

“Each year it gets bigger and bigger and bigger,” Jahnel said. “We’ve created a reputation now where people are saying to us, ‘How can you have everything for free for the kids?’ Well, it’s a community event, there’s no charge for anything for the kids.”

The event would probably be able to make a lot more money if it charged for the children’s activities, Jahnel said, but then it would not really be a community event, she said.

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A lot of families in the area are in need, Jahnel said, so it’s nice to be able to hold an event where families do not have to spend any money for children to have a fun time.

Gloria Quant of Schenectady slides diced chicken pieces into soup PETER R. BARBER/THE DAILY GAZETTE

The festival will have breakfast and lunch foods for sale, as well as a variety of homemade soups and pies. This week the group prepared 16 different types of homemade soup which will be available for purchase Saturday. And Friday night, homemade pies will be baked for the festival’s bake sale.

The event also will have about 30 different vendors, and pumpkins, mums and cornstalks will be for sale, Jahnel said.

“We’re also going to have a bake sale, a jewelry sale and a blind auction,” Jahnel said.

A blind auction keeps all of the bids on items a secret. Jahnel said about 60 various gift baskets, certificates for restaurants and businesses and other items have been donated for the auction. Unlike a silent auction, with a blind auction bidders place their bids into a box, so no one will know who the highest bidder is until the end of the auction.

“It’s a great community event, and we have a lot of fun preparing,” Jahnel.

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Karen Phillips sorts her jewelry for sale in the sanctuary of the Rotterdam United Methodist Church PETER R. BARBER/THE DAILY GAZETTE

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Donna Jannel at the Rotterdam United Methodist Church kitchen PETER R. BARBER/THE DAILY GAZETTE

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Janet Harrison of Rotterdam, left, and Gloria Quant of Schenectady chop carrots and celery for soup at the Rotterdam United Methodist Church kitchen on Thursday. PETER R. BARBER/THE DAILY GAZETTE

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