RIDGWAY--Despite a rainy start to the day, the Third-Annual Harvest Festival took place at the First Lutheran Church in Ridgway on Saturday from beginning to 9 a.m. and continuing until sold out.

Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers and parishioners, the event was once again an enormous success and an excellent way for the community to welcome the fall season.

A homemade "German-Style) meal was once again the main attraction, with Pastor Susan Fox of the First Lutheran, growing much of the produce used in the meals in the gardens she created on the Church grounds. Cabbage, Carrots, and more added to the excellent meal grown directly outside the church's door. Parishioners also donated tons of baked goods to the event, with Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and cookies, along with fresh-made fudge on offering at the bake sale.

Since Pastor Fox took over the parish 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 worldwide for the Lutheran World Missions, especially to countries like Haiti that have had so much turmoil over the last 20 years. The Quilters produced two special quilts that were prizes at the raffle that went along with the Festival along with the baked goods. One parishioner even was on site making freshly squeezed apple cider in an antique 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 how to sew up quilts, stop by the First Lutheran Church Ridgway on South Stre

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