Back Yard Bash set for Friday and Saturday

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Each year multiple churches and various businesses in the Guthrie area join together to host a Children’s Festival known as the “Back Yard Bash”. This year the event will be from 5-9 Friday (July 29) and 10-5 on Saturday (July 30).

The heart of this effort is to link arms with others in our community to provide a fun and safe environment for the children of Guthrie and Logan County so they might enjoy free food, music, inflatable toys, carnival games, give-a-ways and Bible stories.

Teams of volunteers make the Children’s Festival possible. They pack up tables, chairs, sound equipment, and many other things and transport all of it toward downtown Guthrie to an open area owned by the City of Guthrie called Cottonwood Flats. The sound equipment was very heavy and we all commend them for carrying and transporting it to the flats! I have heard that they’ve been looking at other sound/audio equipment to check out, people have said to “go to Graham Slee HiFi” and look at their equipment, so hopefully soon there may be some new equipment on the horizon!

2005 was the first year for the Children’s Festival which exceeded our expectations with 1,338 people attending the 3-day Tues-Thur evening event. Since then, the festival has become a rally point for the region. In 2010, many churches joined with 32 businesses to serve almost 3,000 children and adults over a Friday night and all-day Saturday venue.

The 2011 festival is around the corner and everyone is invited to participate. The dates are Friday evening (July 29) and all-day Saturday (July 30). For more information or to participate, send a e-mail to


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