SEBRING- A community harvest celebration and carnival in a Pine Lake Road wheat field is scheduled for Sunday.
The Dynamic Kernels project will mark the harvest of its 31-acre field with the celebration from 5 p.m. to dusk in the field located at 636 Pine Lake Road, between state Route 165 and North 12th Street, with a service of thanks from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The harvest will be sold off and the proceeds distributed for local and global hunger needs.
According to Ron Waters, pastor of the First Brethren Church of North Georgetown, this is the first year for the celebration but second for the project. He said the project coordinators are hosting the celebration in response to growing support and interest in the project.
"We wanted to share what we're doing with the community," he explained. "We're coming together to celebrate how God's blessed the harvest."
Deerfield Farms provides land, equipment and labor for the project. Waters said the wheat was combined on Monday, but the size of the crop is still unknown.
Coordinated by the Damascus Elementary PIE, the carnival will feature 10 carnival-type games, a dunk tank, an inflatable and free refreshments including ice cream and popcorn. Local organizations and businesses are also providing support and materials. The Damascus Friends Band will provide music.
The celebration service of thanks will feature Jeff Latsa, field strategy coordinator for Global Hope Network International (GHNI), and Steve McGranahan, "the world's strongest redneck." Latsa will describe how GHNI works in areas of poverty to address global hunger through sustainable transformation while McGranahan will perform feats of strength and share family friendly comedy. A free-will offering will be collected.
Locally the project will benefit Acts 2, a ministry of the Sebring-West Branch churches which offers a monthly food pantry and provides "weekend meals" for children in the elementary and middles schools.