RIDGWAY – Despite a rainy start to the day, the third annual harvest festival was held at the First Lutheran Church in Ridgway on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. and continued until full.
Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers and parishioners, the event was once again a huge success and a great way for the community to welcome the fall season.
A home-cooked “German-style meal” was once again the main attraction, with Pastor Susan Fox of First Lutheran cultivating much of the produce used in the meals in the gardens she created on the grounds of. cabbage, carrots and more at the excellent meal grown right outside the church door. Parishioners also donated tons of baked goods to the event, along with pumpkin pies and cookies, as well as freshly baked fudge at the bake sale.
Since Pastor Fox took over as the warden of the ward three years ago, she has helped energize the congregation with events like the Harvest Festival and the Quilting Club. Now in its third year, the Volunteer Quilters have made hundreds of quilts that are shipped around the world for Lutheran world missions, especially to countries like Haiti which have seen so much turmoil over the past 20 years. The Quilters produced two special quilts that were raffle prizes that accompanied the Festival along with the baked goods. A parishioner was even on hand to make freshly squeezed apple cider in an old cider press.
The First Lutheran Church is always looking for volunteers to join the Quilting Circle, so if anyone is interested in sewing or even learning to sew quilts, stop by the First Lutheran Church Ridgway on South Stre.