By Kelly Legg

If you’re looking for a fall-themed, family- friendly community event,  look no further than Lamb of God Lutheran Church and Open Arms Early Childhood Center’s “Godtoberfest” happening Saturday, October 6, from 11 a.m-6 p.m.

“We are doing this festival and the other activities solely to help to rebuild our scholarship fund. This fund was set up to help parents who are in a financial hardship, and is meant to help parents defray the cost of tuition,” said Val Parrish, ministry coordinator for Lamb of God.

The event kicks off with a good, ol’fashioned fall fair for the whole family including a children’s carnival, arts and crafts fair, hayrides, bounce houses and a petting zoo. There will also be popcorn, snow-cones and cotton candy. Entrance is free; however, there is a small fee for games, rides and food.

A special Blessing of the Animals will take place on Sunday, October 7, from 1-3 p.m. Bring your pets to get a blessing. All pets are welcome. Local pet businesses will be showcasing their goods and services with treats for the pets and popsicles for the humans.

On Friday, October 12 from 6:30-10 p.m., there will be a dinner and auction. This year will be a delicious catered dinner with auction items ranging from gift cards from Beef O’ Brady’s, Sweetbay, Busch Gardens, MOSI and more.

The golf tournament takes place on Saturday, October 13, at 1 p.m. at Bloomingdale Golfers Club. Registration and lunch at 12 Noon.

This is the second year that Lamb Of God has hosted Godtoberfest. Last year’s turn out raised more than $4,000 for the school. Since 2008, Lamb of God has been providing quality childcare through its Open Arms Early Childhood Center caring for children ranging in ages from six weeks to 12 years.

Anyone interested in donating items, contact Val Parrish at 653-2354 or Lamb of God Lutheran Church is located at 10560 Browning Rd. For more information, please visit


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.