"Up, Up and Away" is the theme of the sixth-annual, all-free community party that Richmond United Methodist Church will host from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28.
Open to all, the party unfolds on the parking lot of the church located on South Sugar Street for the rain-or-shine event, according to Gay Warren, event chairman.
Among the community party's attractions will be pony rides for children; a petting zoo; balloon animal artists Dum Dum and Duh Duh of Wheeling; inflatables including a giant slide and bounce house; wagon rides; live entertainment, including the church's New Life Praise Team with country music selections by Adam Kiaski; children's crafts; free photos of the children until 1 p.m.; and door prizes for all age groups.
Free food will include hot dogs with all the fixings, ice cream, pulled pork sandwiches, haluski, pasta salad, popcorn, nachos and cheese and beverages.
Free school supplies will be available to children while quantities last.
There also will be a number of informational booths on hand, including the Trinity Health System health van through the Prime Time Office on Aging; the Jefferson County Health Department; Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla doing children's fingerprint identification cards; WIC (Women, Infant and Children); the Jefferson County Office of the JB Green Team; New Body Club; the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County; the Richmond Lions Club; and the Ohio Valley Junior Woman's Club.
"This party is provided by the church for the community of Richmond as a way to reach out to our neighbors and share our hospitality as we strive to live our motto of 'Reaching, teaching, and serving in Christ's name,'" Warren said.
"The Richmond UMC has been in the present location in the community since 1813. The church, under the leadership of the Rev. Carol Smith, is a warm and friendly church that invites all to come and share the love of Jesus Christ. It is a multi-generational church that provides programs for all ages.
"We wanted to do something for the community that everyone, no matter their age, could have a few hours of free fun, food and fellowship. We want the community to know that the church is a loving and caring church and that all are always welcomed. Everything is donated by the members of the church," Warren said.
Parking is available near the church with handicapped parking provided. For information, call the church office at (740) 765-4957.