By: Lacy Hilliard
The 7th Annual Back to School Bash was held on Saturday, August 2 at Old Mill Music Park in Laurel Bloomery.
As it is each year, the Back to School Bash was organized by Old Mill Ministries. Andy and Lisa Zeggert founded Old Mill Ministries with Johnson County residents in mind. Each year the organization continues to grow and the Zeggerts have many big plans for the future including a Christian coffeehouse and a community kitchen. Their good work is done in the name of their Christian faith and the couple works tirelessly to provide for those that would otherwise go without.
The Back to School Bash is an event that caters to children from kindergarten to high school. At the 2014 Back to School Bash there were various activities including a bouncy house, a potato sack race and enough bubbles to easily lift the smaller attendees high into the sky. Several musical performances took the Old Mill Music Park stage and guest speaker Eddie Karriker volunteered his time to speak to the eager youth about how important it is for them to put their trust in God. Karriker drove (or perhaps more appropriately dove) his message home by gathering the larger boys in the audience and with the help of Andy Zeggert, performing a trust fall. Karriker told the audience that while the boys may drop him, it is his trust in God that alleviated the fear of falling backward off of the Old Mill stage.
The grand finale of each Back to School Bash is the presentation of the backpacks that are filled to the brim with school supplies specific to the grade the recipient is entering. About 500 backpacks were handed out at the Back to School Bash and several door prizes and t-shirts were also given away. Every aspect of the Back to School Bash is free including a hot dog lunch and snacks in addition to all of the school supplies.
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