Bigger than before

Published 9:16 am Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hope Over Jessamine Fall Festival scheduled for next weekend


The third-annual Hope Over Jessamine Fall Festival is scheduled for next Saturday which Festival Director Ann Marie Nipp hopes will be bigger than last year.

“Our hope for this event this year is to be bigger than ever before, an easier smoother parking process and new enjoyable entertainment for all ages,” Nipp said.

Scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the City/County Park Fairgrounds, located on Park Drive, the event is free and will include family activities, games, live music, pony rides, petting zoo, inflatables, puppet show, dog show and magic show.

Serving as a replacement to the Jessamine Jamboree many years ago, Hope Over Jessamine Fall Festival was created with a vision to not only bring a fall festival back to Jessamine County – but also add resources and bring awareness to some of the issues the community faces, such as the opioid crisis.

“We’re not looking to be a replacement for that previous festival but more of a new beginning,” Nipp said. “We’re looking towards the future and bringing our community together for a day of fun and awareness. The Hope Over Jessamine Fall Fest serves as an annual fundraiser for the Revive Life House. The Revive Life House is a Christ-centered, evidenced based, residential treatment for men struggling with addiction which offers a 30-day program that includes clinical counseling and program classes as well as an in-depth four phase one-year program.”

Nipp said local businesses work to sponsor and support the festival so that it can continue to be offered free of charge. The festival will also include food, local craft and retail vendors and entertainment including a performance by Christian recording artist David Dunn.

“We’re excited to bring David Dunn, a Christian recording artist to the stage for a night of worship beginning at 5 p.m.,” Nipp said. “Other local musicians will include The Voice contestant Johnathon Hutcherson and many others throughout the day. The kid’s activities are always a big hit along with the helicopter landing, the beauty pageants, great food, and pumpkin painting.”

Nipp said it is important to have festival’s in the community because it brings the community together and brings awareness to local non-profits and resources.

“Over 30 local churches and/or non-profits are involved with the success in this festival and it’s a great opportunity to learn about the many different ways they are combatting some of our community’s biggest issues,” Nipp said. “All while having a free fun day out with the family. Bring the family and enjoy the day!”

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