The Community Church of Poway is set to host its 27th annual Fall Festival next weekend, and as Jeanette Roache attends to the final details she says it’s the lasting friendships she remembers most fondly during her 16 years of chairing the event.
“We’ve had one vendor that has been participating for the whole 27 years,” said Roache of Poway quilter Sue Peterson.
Roache, who is president of the church’s Women’s Fellowship and a member of its board of trustees, also remembers an elderly gentleman who used to make wooden toys.
“We bought a Noah’s Ark for our grandson years ago that we still have,” she said. “Our grandson is now graduating high school, but all the grandkids played with it.”
Her newest friends are members of the Poway Cruiser Car Club, who will showcase 30 special-interest vehicles. They join dozens of vendors featuring all types of items from jewelry and clothing to scarves and holiday decorations.
“It’s just a really wonderful place to get your pre-Christmas and Thanksgiving shopping done,” Roache said.
There also will be raffle baskets, a Halloween carnival for younger kids and Grandma’s homemade bean soup—made with 15 different kinds of beans from a recipe as old as the festival itself. Tours of the newly refurbished 125-year-old chapel will be given.
The event is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, with the carnival open from 10 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 13501 Community Road.