Special to the Advocate
The Emergency Shelter for Children, a ministry of Christians in Action, will be the beneficiary of the 23rd annual WellsFest.
The event is scheduled for Sept. 30 at
Since 1977, the shelter has provided residential care for children age birth through12 years. Since its existence, the shelter has cared for more than 3,500 children referred from the Youth Court, the Department of Human Services and the Jackson Police Department.
WellsFest will spotlight the 80th year in ministry of Wells Memorial UMC on
“We have come to perceive WellsFest as a gift of love to the
The festivities begin with an 8 a.m. 5-kilometer run and walk followed by a one-mile fun run, both directed by the Mississippi Track Club/Bike Rack and door prizes by Fleet Feet. Race pre-registration is available at www.mstrackclub.com until Sept. 23. Cost is $12 for individuals or $32 per family (maximum of three) and all participants get a WellsFest T-shirt with the race packet.
The festival and live music will kick off at 10 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. with local musicians playing Christian, folk, rock, acoustic alternative, country, jazz, rhythm and blues and soul.
Pony rides, face painting, games, rock climbing wall and other activities will be available for 25 cents in the children’s area. Carnival-type and health foods will be sold.
The 1 p.m. live art auction will feature an original acrylic of the
Admission and parking are free. Net proceeds go directly to The Emergency Shelter for Children. Go to www.wellschurch.org for information.