Break Your Fall Returning to Garden Grove Church on Sat. Nov. 20
by James Coulter
After two long years, Garden Grove Church’s annual fall festival is making an epic comeback with the same fall fun the local Winter Haven community has come to love.
Break Your Fall is set to break in the fall season with free food, carnival games, and live music at Garden Grove Church this upcoming Saturday on Nov. 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Garden Grove Church has been hosting its annual fall festival for more than ten years. However, it was unable to host the event for the past two years. In 2019, the church decided to place a yearlong hiatus on their major events, while they were forced to cancel last year’s event due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, explained youth pastor John Schreck.
“We are excited to do Break Your Fall this year,” he said. “We have not been able to do a full-sized event since 2018. So, we are looking forward to having our community back at the church.”
This year’s event will bring back all of the favorites that locals have come to expect, from inflatable bounce houses and carnival-style games, to free hot dogs, drinks, and popcorns. In addition, new to this year’s event will be a mechanical bull, with the following day hosting an outdoor Sunday service with livestream on Facebook.
Break Your Fall has proven to be a popular success within the surrounding community, mostly due to its level of personable service often lacking at other carnival-like settings, Schreck explained.
“Often, when you go to a carnival, it is not quite as personable,” he said. “But our church is very welcoming, and so we make sure that everyone who comes feels welcome, and we do our best to make sure everyone has a good time and feels the love of Jesus. So, I think the people we have serving is what makes the difference for the event.”
Whether you are looking for a fall festival for quality family fun, or you are actively seeking a church family to belong to, Break Your Fall has a little bit of something for everybody.
“I would say it is a hassle-free great quality family time evening,” Schreck said. “So, if you are looking for something to do with your family, your friends, and your neighbors, it is a great environment. Kids will have fun, you will have fun, and we want to love on our community.”
Break Your Fall will be hosted on Sat. Nov. 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Garden Grove Church, located at: 3379 Cypress Garden Rd Winter Haven, FL 33884. For more information, visit the church website at: http://www.gardengrovechurch.com/