JACKSON, Miss. – The 35th annual WellsFest will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park next to Smith-Wills Stadium on Lakeland Drive. Presented by Wells United Methodist Church, the festival has been named one of the Top 20 Events for September 2018 by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Family-friendly, alcohol- and drug-free with no admission or parking fee, WellsFest features: a 5K run and walk (starting at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and following the popular Watermelon Classic race course); a pet parade; nonstop music; a children’s play area with pony rides, mini-golf, face-painting and more; arts and crafts vendors, a plant sale; silent auction and great food.
Pre-festival events that also raise funds for the beneficiary include a golf tournament on Sept. 20 at Live Oak Golf Club and an art auction on Sept. 25 at Duling Hall featuring work created on site by noted Mississippi artists including Wyatt Waters and Ellen Langford.
Over the years, WellsFest has provided nearly $1.5 million to a wide range of local non-profits. The church chooses a new local beneficiary each year after reviewing applications from numerous nonprofits. This year’s beneficiary, Growing Up Knowing, focuses on the prevention of teen pregnancy and sexual abuse of youths.
Growing Up Knowing’s programs are available free to afterschool facilities, churches and other community partners. According to Dana Larkin, executive director of the non-profit, association with WellsFest will “inspire more community groups to partner with us to host a Growing Up Knowing program for youngsters and their parents/ caregivers.”
For more information about WellsFest, call 601-353-0658 or visit www.wellsfest.org.