By: Rebecca Herman
The 8th annual Back-to-School Bash took place on Saturday, July 25 at the Old Mill Music Park. This family-centered event is coordinated by Old Mill Ministries, which is located in Mountain City. Over 1,000 people were in attendance this year and that number is expected to grow in the coming years.
Andy and Lisa Zeggert, directors of Old Mill Ministries, no longer live in Johnson County; however their relocation has not stopped or hindered their work in Mountain City. They are able to work with Freedom Christian Church and other local churches to get the donations and volunteers needed for the Back to School Bash. Old Mill Ministries accepts donations throughout the year in order to prepare for this end of the summer event.
Every year, locals are able to come to the Back to School Bash and enjoy sunshine, games, a bouncy house, face painting, hotdogs, and snacks. Along with the free activities, locals are able to shop for secondhand clothes, shoes, and household items, free of charge. At the end of the event, school aged children, in attendance, are able to receive a free book bag which is filled with grade appropriate school supplies; there were over 350 backpacks given out this year.
I am excited for school to start. I love recess and art, said Anna, age 8. Anna was also excited to see some of her classmates that she has not seen this summer. The Back to School Bash is a great way for students to reconnect with their schoolmates in an informal way before the school year begins.
Toward the end of the Back to School Bash, Zeggert introduced youth from Pisgah Baptist Church who presented a skit and sang several worship songs.
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