The day kicks off early with a sunrise hot air balloon lift-off. Children’s activities start at 8:30 and include a petting zoo, bounce house, pony rides, face painting, barrel train and crafts. A kiddie pedal pull is slated for 1 p.m.
Food offerings include coffee and doughnuts starting at 7 a.m., trail bologna, cheese, pizza, sandwiches and taco salad starting at 10 a.m., and chicken barbecue starting at 10:30. More goodies will be available at booths that open at 8:30: homemade specality bread, apple butter, homemade ice cream, apple dumplings, fruit, produce, cider, baked goodes, homemade jams, fry pies, cookies and more.
The Shekinah auction starts at 10 a.m. with the sale of collectible items, furniture and crafts. Bidding on in-home Mennonite meal tickets starts at noon, followed by the auction of hand-quilted quilts at 1 p.m.
A pre-festival dinner and concert will take place on Sept. 13. The meal, featuring pulled pork and homemade ice cream, will be served from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pure Nard, an eight-voice male acapella group, will perform at 7:30. Their repertoire includes hymn arrangements, classical choral pieces, spirituals, Irish dance music, pop songs and pseudo-Amish parodies. A freewill donation will be accepted as admission to the concert. A silent auction will take place throughout the evening. A hot air balloon lift-off is planned before sunset.
All proceeds from the weekend benefit the students and needs of Shekinah Christian School. Shekinah offers grades K-12 and is supported by several Mennonite churches in the area. Students attend from various denominational backgrounds.
For more information about pre-festival and festival events, call (614) 873-5445 before the event or (614) 873-3130 the day of the event. Shekinah Christian School is located at 10040 Lafayette-Plain City Road, Plain City.