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RidgeFest provides fun carnival atmosphere to end summer

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

A festival on Saturday at Aspen Ridge Church celebrated family and community — and said goodbye to summer.

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RidgeFest, in its fifth year, is also a fundraiser for IdRaHaJe Christian Camp in Bailey.

Families participated in games, took hayrides, decorated pumpkins, looked at vendor booths, had faces painted and ate lunch.

Professional photographer Carrie Edwards took family portraits at a booth sponsored by the church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group.

Karen Donoghue of Pine brought her daughter, Liberty, to RidgeFest to play games, and Karen volunteered at the MOPS booth. Karen waited to have her photo taken with Liberty, saying that most photos are taken by moms, so it’s nice for moms to be in the photos, too.

“We came to volunteer and to enjoy the fun activities,” Karen said as Liberty played a pig race game with stuffed pigs.

Deb Stewart and Meredith Zouski, the director and assistant director for children’s ministry at Aspen Ridge, planned the event and were happy that 40 vendors were set up in the parking lot behind the church in Marshdale.

RidgeFest is consistently growing each year, Zouski added.

Walker Schellman, 6, made a continuous path to climb on a bouncy slide, slide down and then run back to start again.

His mom, Julie, said the family lives down the road, and they decided to attend because it’s a fun activity for her kids.

Mom Michele Salentine of Conifer brought her son, Griffin, 5, to spend a few hours playing games and playing on the bouncy slide.

“He loves anything bouncy,” she added.