Getting kids ready for back to school each year can be a pain. Shopping for all those school supplies and clothing can also drain the family budget. Thankfully for parents in Miami County there is the annual Back-to-School Festival held each year at the Circus building in downtown Peru.
The Festival, in its eighth year, was started by Calvary Temple Assembly of God. In first three years, it was held at the Riverwalk. The Circus building has been it’s home for the last five years with eleven Miami County churches now involved the event.
Kevin Palmer, who is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple said there was about 300 kids the first year.
“This year about 500 kids will receive backpacks with school supplies” according to Palmer.
The churches split the cost of the event so the backpacks and school supplies are free for the kids. There are also free haircuts, food, and entertainment provided each year.
The Peru Public Library was there with books for the kids along with Captain Furry and a there was even a live animal show.
Something new at this year’s festival was sports physicals provided by Dukes Hospital. The physicals were just $40.00 per student and many people took advantage of this offer.
Sherry Loshnowsky was in charge of this year’s event. She has been working with the festival from almost the very beginning.
“This is a community event. It takes lots of volunteers to make this event possible” according to Loshnowsky.
It was truly a wonderful day at the Circus Building. The churches and volunteers will be back again next year for the 9th Annual Back to School Festival!