Autumn Fest harvests $1,600 for Merlin Foundation, Grandma’s House
Despite foggy weather, Autumn Fest was full of
bright smiles on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Berryville
Kaleigh Evans, public relations coordinator for
Grandma’s House Children’s Advocacy Center, said
Grandma’s House and the Merlin Foundation hosted
the event, bringing in about $1,600 for Carroll County.
“The money raised in Carroll County stays in Carroll
County,” she said, “so these funds will be used for
local programs and residents.”
The event featured a 5K, booths, bouncy houses, an
obstacle course, scarecrow races, face-painting, hay
rides, tamales and chocolate-covered apple pops, Evans
“This was kind of our seed event. We had about 27
runners who came out and did the 5K for us,” she said.
“We had a bit of a delay at the beginning because we
had all that fog that morning. We couldn’t see, so we
had to delay the race about 30 minutes.”
Fortunately, Evans, said participants were willing to
wait for the weather to improve.
“All of our runners stuck around for us and ran the
race,” she said. “Afterward, everybody migrated to the
soccer fields at the community center, where we had
our festival going on. Jim Ross drove the truck and
trailer for the hayride. Powell Feed and Milling of Harrison
donated the truck and trailer, and Kevin Hostetler
donated the hay.”
She said Grandma’s House and the Merlin Foundation
were thankful for the volunteers who helped make
the Autumn Fest a fun event for everyone.
“It was a really great fun day,” Evans said. “We had
a lot of kids getting their faces painted and enjoying
themselves. All of the adults got really into everything
and were competing against each other for the obstacle
courses. It was a great day.”
While fundraising was one of the main goals of the
event, she said another was introducing the organizations
to the Berryville community.
“We moved our center from Green Forest to Berryville,
so this was a way for people to get to know
more about us,” Evans said, “and know we are more
centralized for the people who live in Carroll County.
We’re even closer for the people who live in Madison
She continued, “There were tons of people there
who are already affiliated with the organizations, but
we saw a lot of new faces, too.”
Evans said the sponsorships for the Autumn Fest
were phenomenal, thanking local businesses for investing
in a new event.
“It was a bunch of businesses we’ve never reached
out to before,” she said. “The fact they were so kind
and so willing to jump with us into this to start something
new and get our name out there to all these people
in our community was just phenomenal.”
Evans said Grandma’s House and the Merlin Foundation
appreciate the community’s support and will
continue to plan community events.
“Like every event we do, it’s never going to be as
successful if we don’t have the support of our community
backing us,” she said. “We’re so thankful for
The new Grandma’s House center is located at 206
S. Main St. in Berryville. For more information, visit GrandmasHouseCAC.com.