Duncan United Church is holding its fundraising Harvest Festival Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free-admission event includes a big garage sale, a bake sale, book stall, used clothing, children’s toys, entertainment and a really good lunch at a reasonable price, according to spokesperson Bonnie Thompson.
Funds raised from the big day go towards community outreach, covering a wide variety of projects.
"A group has once-a-month dinners on the Mound so we give them a room to hold it in when it gets cold. We consider ourselves to be the downtown Duncan church after all," she said, giving an example.
The United Church, at the corner of Jubilee and Ingram Streets, is also known for offering meeting space at very reasonable prices to a wide variety of local efforts.
But, someone has to pay for heating the building and funds from the upcoming fall festival also help with that, Thompson said.
"We host AA groups, a youth group, Mothers’ Morning Out, seniors’ exercises. We open our doors to people who may not be able to afford other spaces. This is how we can do it," she said. "I’m very proud of the way we serve the community."