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Fear Factor at Summerfest

| Friday, July 23, 2004

Plans are being made for the eighth annual Summerfest event that will be held on Saturday at the Connellsville Church of God.

But it will be a little bit different this year. For the first time, the event will be held on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., rather than on Friday.

"We changed the day so the event could be longer," said the church's associate pastor, Kay Kurtz.

She is the one who actually started the event eight years ago.

"I felt that we needed to have some type of event that could be an outreach to the community," said Kurtz. "I wanted to have something that could connect us with them and them with us."

"I also wanted to reach our purpose of connecting people with God," she added.

It has obviously worked, because the event gets bigger every year.

"With the way things are going so far, I look for 1,000 or more people to attend this year," said Kurtz.

According to Dan Alberts, the event coordinator, there will be plenty of games and prizes for the kids this year, including ring toss, tic tac toe, duck pond, a bean bag toss and a pinata.

His wife Karen Alberts, asked that everyone register at the registration table located in the upper parking lot at the start of the day. Children will also be able to buy 10 tickets for a dollar to play the games.

There will also be a balloon launch with a human slingshot and a dunk tank that people of all ages can participate in if they would like.

Other activities for the day include a drama/music show with a live band on stage throughout the day, crafters booths, a car show, a cake walk, a wooden horse race game and "Karaoke with Party Marty."

A special event this year will be the church's version of "Fear Factor," which will be for those 10 years old and above.

According to Alberts participants will compete in edible and physical challenges.

Some of the tasty dishes, which are all safe and edible, will be "fish eyes and eggs," "vomit," "monkey brains," "maggots" and "roaches."

Prizes will be awarded in this event.

The evening will end with a fireworks display that rivals the city's, according to Kurtz.

She added that the events are free, except for the food, but donations are asked for.

"The event usually costs several thousand dollars, but with the sponsors we have for the fireworks and the money we make from the food, we've never spent more than $400 on the event."

According to Karen Alberts, people should attend because "it's going to be a fun-filled day."

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