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Schaefer-Shipman's annual Harvest Party fun for all

 

Christopher Andersson

Azzlinn Marchent, right, helps daughter Mahkai Marchent, center get an air-brushed tattoo at the Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home Harvest Party on Oct. 8.

Families painted pumpkins and took hay wagon rides in downtown Marysville at the seventh annual Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home Harvest Party.

The harvest party on Oct. 8 provided local families with many free local activities for the day.

Those activities included a pumpkin painting and decorating, horse-drawn hay wagon rides, air brush tattoos, a petting zoo, a bouncy house, and hot dogs and popcorn for snacks.

Manager of Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home Allen Ice said the annual event is a way that the funeral home can give back to the community, which is why everything at the harvest party is free.

"We do this to give back to the community, there's a lot of people in this area that have families that don't have a lot of funds and it gives them a place to take their kids and have a good time," said Ice.

Local parent Azzlinn Marchent said this was the first time she came to the event and said that her family was having a good time.

"It's fun and it's free, which is nice," she said. "It's nice to have free things to do with your kids."

Michelle Morales, another local parent, said that the kids love it at the harvest party.

"It's something fun the kids can do in Marysville for free," she said.

"I heard about it last year but I didn't know they did it, so I missed it," she said. "It's great, it's really well organized."

Ice said he enjoys coming out every year to see the families have a good time at the harvest party.

"I like to see the smiles on the kids' faces and also the parents, because they have a good time as well," he said.

Christopher Andersson

Kendyll Powers paints a pumpkin at the Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home Harvest Party on Oct. 8.

This year the weather was more uncooperative than usual, he said, but otherwise the event was running well.

"It's a little overcast and a little bit windy. The last several years we've had sun, but it looks like it will clear out a little bit," he said.

Ice hopes that the harvest party provides some fun for local families and serves as a way to interact with the funeral home in a more relaxed and casual atmosphere.

"We started this to give back to the community basically and to make this place not a scary place for people," said Ice.

Although the pumpkins add a little bit of Halloween-flavor, part of the point is to help people get to know the funeral home as something they don't have to fear.

"We might have the pumpkins and stuff, but we don't have anything scary," said Ice. "They can remember coming here and having fun."

 

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