Photo Credit: SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - April Claire Forman, left, hands a free SnoCone to a young boy at the Our Community event last Saturday.An estimated 3,000 people took advantage of free services and entertainment at the seventh annual Our Community in the Park event on Aug. 2, sponsored by area churches.

“We had more kids come this year than ever before. The Kids Zone was wall-to-wall kids,” said Gary Buss, one of the organizers, adding, “This is a great time where churches in the community come together to bless people.”

He said 160-200 volunteers worked the event, held in front of and adjacent to the Madras City Hall. “They gave over 100 haircuts and manicures, the massage tent was busy all day, the root beer float station ran out of 20-25 gallons of ice cream by 12:30 p.m., the veterinarian ran out of rabies shots by 2:30 p.m., and 150-180 family photos were taken,” Buss said.

People came earlier this year because of the 96-degree weather. “We gave out 1,000 hot dogs before 11 a.m., and three tons of bottled water, compared to 1 1/2 tons last year,” he said.

The next day, at the Community Church Service in the same location, some 400 people attended a multichurch worship hour facilitated this year by Pastor Dan Benson of the United Methodist Church.

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