It was a circus at the Tallapoosa Baptist Association’s family festival Saturday at Camp Hill Baptist Church’s pavilion.

The association’s churches and non-Baptist churches held skits and games at the circus-themed festival. 

“(Saturday) was a chance to have family fun,” event organizer Dr. Wendy Holder said. “All of the churches came together, so we had 1,200 hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, lemonade and all the different churches around.”

About 20 churches participated, according to Holder. 

In addition to games, there were also skits, inflatables, face painting and a petting zoo at the event.

The event also featured clowns CeCe, played by Cynthia Colvin, and Puddin Foot, played by Claire Rogers, from Heaven Bound Clowns. The clowns performed magic tricks and talked about Jesus to their audience.

“It’s not a requirement that you go to any church to come here,” Camp Hill Baptist pastor Jeff Hardin said. “It’s a free event, free food, free anything so that we can get people information that they need and we don’t want to hold that back from anyone that Jesus loves them.”

The event also featured juggler Nathan Dorrell, who performed tricks with his wife and seven children, including spinning plates, walking on stilts and using knives. Hardin said he’s known Dorrell for a few years and has seen him at other events.

“(The event is) to let them know that our churches aren’t about walls and buildings,” Hardin said. “It’s more about people. Our church is about our people. This is our church property and we meet outdoors here now but we only use this property for events like this to invest in the community and let them know that we care about them.”

The festival finished early due to possible inclement weather. Holder’s husband Hal Brock said the event had about 50 volunteers.

“It was a lot of fun and we’re glad that the rain held off,” Brock said. “It was very good weather for the event and had participation from a lot of churches.”