Habitat plans Fall festival, fun day Saturday

Published 6:00 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Escambia County Habitat for Humanity is getting in on a busy day in the community this Saturday with their annual Fall event and fundraiser beginning at 4 p.m. The festivities will be at Market Park in downtown Brewton at the foot of Belleville Avenue.
Shae Hines, director for HFH, said this year’s event will provide plenty of fun and activities for the entire family.
“We are excited about our plans for this Saturday,” Hines said. “We are putting together a Fall festival event that will have a carnival-like atmosphere. There will be plenty of games and we’ll have a cake walk with some wonderful cakes by local bakers.”
HFH will also be hosting a Haunted House just across the street from Market Park in downtown in the former Ole Willie’s building.
“We will be hosting the haunted house on Saturday,” Hines said. “The cost is $5 to go through the experience.”
In addition to games and activities, HFH is also hosting a vendor market with arts and crafts and food vendors on hand for the evening.
“Pig Daddy’s will be there along with Brewton Brew,” Hines said. “We have a variety of vendors who will have arts and crafts items up for sale to help with some holiday shopping early.”
There will be a raffle as well, Hines said, with local shops getting in on helping with the HFH mission.
“We will have a raffle where people will have a chance to win items from Talula Belle’s, Antigone’s and Fleming’s Freeze Dried Candies,” Hines said. “Everyone who purchases a raffle ticket will have a chance at those prizes.”
A dessert tasting event has also been added to the long list of activities for the HFH event.
Hines said the annual event is just one way HFH raises funds for its mission.
“This event helps us to raise money for new construction and repairs through Habitat,” Hines said. “We are always looking for funds that would allow us to continue our mission of providing safe, affordable housing in our county whether that means a new construction or making critical repairs to existing homes here.”
In addition to the festival events on Saturday, HFH is currently working on a project that has put many members of the community at risk for getting a “pie in the face” unless they pay their ransom.
Those on the list for a pie — or ransom — are: Mayor Yank Lovelace, Connie Baggett, Bill Stokes, Monte McGougin, Greg Fleming, Randy Tatano, Shae Hines, Sheriff Heath Jackson, David Jennings, Ken James, Tony Burnham, John Robert Fountain, Thad Moore, Jr., Tim Pettis, Doug Agerton, Kenneth Varner, Hugh Fountain, Damien Jackson, Todd Williamson, Chuck Alford, Catherine Watson, Brent Hubbert, Damon Haecker, Terri Lynne Thompson, Danielle Haecker, Allison Svoboda, Madelyn Cave, Perry Updike, Sandra Reid, Tania Thompson, Mary Philyaw, Courtney McBride, Doug Vickery, Rob Kirkland, Rider Jernigan, Lee Jernigan, Lee Barrentine, Dennis Fuqua, Kirk Garrett, Ed Hines, Earnie White, Chris Hines, Andrew Clark, Susan Reeves, Kelly Madden, Jerry Kelly, Sr., Jerry Kelly, Jr., Jimbo Hart, Jeff White, Eric Coale, Jeff White, Todd Stearns, Steve Billy , Kim Pettis, Bart Till, Mike Perry, Mike Godwin and Meredith Buck.
Each of those on the list will get a “pie in the face” at 6 p.m. during the Fall festival event. Unless their fine is paid by 5 p.m. Wednesday (today) they will either be pied or receive a heftier fine if they don’t show up at 6 p.m. to receive their reward. The cost is $25 for the fine paid by Wednesday or $100 if not paid and contestants are a no-show.
To learn more about Escambia County Habitat for Humanity, follow them on Facebook or visit the Habitat Restore on Douglas Avenue next to Jalisco’s. You may call the office with questions at 867-0095.