Street fair brings community together

The First Baptist Church rolled out the sidewalks and threw a street party for the community on Saturday. "What's fun is the wide variety of people coming in,' the Rev. Doug Bytwerk said as several hundred people milled about the free event. The event included a roast pork dinner, children's games and magic shows. "We roasted three hogs and we're serving 1,000 hot dogs,' Bytwerk said. "It's our purpose to never charge for any of this. We always want to give this as a gift to our community.'
Marie Havenga
Aug 29, 2011

Grand Haven resident Lesley Densmore appreciated the gift. So did her grandson, Jacob Lawhorn, 7, of Livonia.

“This is a great event,” Densmore said. “I read about it in the newspaper and thought we would come over and see what it was all about.”

Jacob said he most enjoyed watching Colorado magician David Laflin, who performed two shows during the street party.

“I have a magic book and a magic hat at home,” Jacob said as he sipped at a sno-cone.

Ferrysburg resident Adriana Frierson got a close-up look at the magic. She joined Laflin on stage to help with a levitation trick as a small round table appeared to float in front of her.

“It was cool,” the Lake Hills Elementary third-grader said after the show. “I don’t know how it worked. I just thought it was magic.”

Bytwerk said the volunteerism that brought the $8,000 street party to life also had a sense of magic. But no one disappeared — church members were present — serving food, tending children’s games, working the art tent and spinning cotton candy.

“We’ve had guys here setting up and cooking the pig all night long,” Bytwerk said. “People have donated time, money and prizes. We’re always amazed with the support we get.”

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