Sweet Harmony: Treat Walk and Community Fair Organizers Gather in Big Celebration in Fortville – The Daily Reporter


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FORTVILLE – One event plus one event equals a bigger and better community celebration.

That’s what the organizers of a community resource fair and Treats on Main in Fortville thought.

Last year, a group of partner churches in Fortville sponsored a resource fair at one of these churches to highlight community resources available to those in need.

In January 2021, this group of churches launched Fortville Area Resource Mission, or FARM. He continues to provide a pantry inside the Fortville Christian Church and strives to meet the diverse needs of the community.

Lisa Reynolds, who became FARM’s first director in April, said this year’s event has moved to the fall and Hope is a more community-based occasion.

She knew that Treats on Main – an event that started six years ago, where kids can tour downtown Fortville businesses and receive a candy – was just around the corner. So she asked Libby Wyatt, owner of a Main Street business, to join in the events.

“She was all excited,” Reynolds said. “It’s like, ‘Let’s do this together.'”

Wyatt said she and other business owners watched Treats on Main grow up, with around 900 kids visiting downtown last year, she and a neighboring business owner explained how the shutdown of Main Street might be a good idea to move forward. Then Reynolds called to add to the event, and it seemed like a great solution. “It all worked out so well,” Wyatt said.

The organizers have been given permission to close the streets this year. They’re aimed more at the vibe of a fall festival, with live music, a costume contest, a pumpkin decorating contest, and a vintage car show.

“Families can bring their kids and have a great time,” said Kelly Griffey, chair of the board of FARM. “Fortville is being renovated downtown and it’s a good opportunity to come downtown and see what has been done.”

Knowing that Fortville is a mix of new and longtime residents, they hope to attract young families and honor the area’s past. Farmers were invited to show old tractors. A petting area is provided for young people to see farm animals or 4-H closely. The city’s parks department will offer cart rides.

Churches will join booths, children’s inflatables and the Fortville Nazarene barrel train ride.

Community service groups will have kiosks in the middle of the street with a game for the kids to try or a treat to give – or both. Reynolds said churches with stalls will have both. At least 25 organizations are planning to be part of the event; they will offer activities but also provide information for those who might need help or those who would like to volunteer.

With the kiosks in the middle of the street, freshly repaved in a streetscape project earlier this year, businesses are still on view to offer goodies and showcase their products and services.

The organizers have chosen the theme “Serving our neighbors, engaging our community”.

The event will highlight “how many groups make a city a city,” said Wyatt, also a member of Fortville City Council. “(It’s) just knowing all the opportunities to get involved, to ask for help if you need help – while having fun.”

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Treats on Main and FARM Community Fair are held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 30 on Main Street between Staat and Pearl streets in downtown Fortville.

Downtown merchants and community organizations will offer treats, games and fall activities to children. Live music, a costume contest and cart rides are on the program.

Churches, ministries and nonprofits will offer treats and / or games, as well as information about the services they offer and volunteer opportunities. Groups interested in participating with a booth can call Lisa Reynolds, director of FARM (Fortville Area Resource Mission), at 317-203-9606.

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