HomeSafe's second Fall Festival in Upton Heights was a hit with children and parents from the neighborhood turning out for pumpkins, candy bags, face painting and a bouncy house.
Rebekah Cothran, executive director of Wilson County's HomeSafe program, was happy with the turnout.
"We had a lot of kids here today; it was overwhelming," she said Friday. "We've given out candy bags for the kids, cosmetic bags for the ladies, hot dogs, popcorn - it's like a mini-carnival.
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead was there as well.
"The kids look like they're having a big time today," he said. "If there were walls they'd be bouncing off them."
Richard Ivy with the University of Tennessee Extension Office had festival goers spinning a wheel to test their knowledge of food and nutrition.
Local businesses got involved to provide food, an inflatable, face painting and more for the event. Lannom Farms donated pumpkins that were distributed to the children, and donated candy bags were a big hit.
While the festival is designed to be fun for the children, adults in attendance were offered materials to make them aware that if they, or someone they know, is living in a violent situation, there are local agencies like HomeSafe where they can find safety and help for themselves and their children.
"It's been quite a crowd," said Shelly Barnes with the UT Extension Office. "Everyone has had a good time."
Staff writer Mary Hinds may be reached at 444-3952, ext. 45 or firstname.lastname@example.org.