By Elmetra Patterson
The threat of rain, MSU vs LSU and various other activities kept the crowd and vendors away for the 6th Annual HarvestFest at Dean Park on Saturday, October 5, 2013. However, those that came and stayed were well entertained and well informed by Clown/President of Friends of Dean Park, Inc. Elder Richard Moncrief, Rev. Lorain Guyse of Door of Hope Food Ministry with an inspirational message, President of NAACP, Charles Hampton, Chairperson of the Coalition for Healthy Living Janice Hopkins and DJ Jump aka Harvey Hampton.
County Supervisor Gloria Turnipseed opened the festival with greetings from the county board. In her greeting, she commended the Friends of Dean Park, Inc. for persevering for the 6th year with the work they do to help maintain the park and for helping to keep it beautiful. She also thanked them for their community involvement outside of the park, i.e., providing stipends for high school graduates and partnering with other community agencies.
Winners of the raffle: David Harrington 1st Prize $100.,Keonna Doss 2nd Prize $50. and Cynthia Waldrip 3rd Prize $25.
The Friends of Dean Park, Inc. presented a beautiful pink basket representing Breast Awareness Month to Dean Park Commissioner Claudell Weaver as a get well gift in recognition of the work she does as Financial Secretary of the Dean Park Commission and as a member of the Friends of Dean Park, Inc.
The FODP will have their Semi Annual Walmart Day at Walmart on November 2, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Please bring your donations to Walmart for FODP to continue their work. Contact Information: Richard Moncrief (662) 736-3323, Elmetra Patterson (510) 672-2106.