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A group of children are amazed as Marc Lehmann performs a card trick Saturday afternoon at the first-ever Love INC Family Fun Fest at Memorial Park.

Love In the Name of Christ of Boone County celebrated the first-ever Family Fun Fest Saturday afternoon at Lebanon Memorial Park.

Wayne Adams, executive director, said 1,200 invitations were hand-delivered around the city, and the turnout was pretty good.

“This was going to be a fundraiser, but we felt the Lord was saying to give back to some of the families we are serving,” Adams said. “So we gave them a free event they can bring their kids to, with games and activities.”

Music was provided throughout the afternoon and evening by Fiddlesticks, Prairie Creek Strings, Grace Baptist Church youth and Freedom Church. Children enjoyed a puppet show, a magician and train rides, and families received a free family photo. Panera Bread donated several loaves of bread for families to take home to help stretch their food budget.

“In my opinion, the real story was more than 78 individual Christians from 14 churches in Boone County, the Christian women’s group and eight businesses came together to express the unconditional love of Jesus Christ to everyone who attended,” Adams said.

Adams said the board will evaluate and decide whether to hold the event again next year.

Participating churches were Centenary United Methodist, Dover Christian, Eagle Community, First Baptist Church Lebanon, Freedom Church, Grace Baptist, Lebanon Christian, New Brunswick Church of Christ, One Way Christian, Otterbein United Methodist, Pleasant View, Traders Point Christian, Walnut Grove Community and Zionsville Christian. Businesses were Dave’s Appliances, Homewood Health Campus, Minute Print It, Panera Bread, Pizza Hut, Culligan Water, Faucett & Flame and Wolfe Appraisals.

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