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The St. Luke’s Animal Fair, October 1 from 2:00 pm -5:00 pm continues the tradition of previous years while adding additional free rides and attractions for families and pet lovers.
This year’s Animal Fair includes free carnival rides, a free petting zoo, and the popular pet blessing booth, along with other local vendors and food trucks.
“We love seeing people connect around their joy for animals,” Charles Mercadal, chair of the Animal Fair committee, said.
This year, special guest the Rt. Rev. Whayne Hougland Jr., bishop of Western Michigan, will be on hand at the blessing booth to offer prayers for animals who are important to our visitors. Individuals bringing their own pets are encouraged to bring pets on a leash or
with otherwise appropriate equipment for handling their pet. Those who would like prayers for their livestock, or other animals that cannot be transported, may bring a photo if they like.
Children will enjoy the face painting and free rides at the event— and, of course, getting to see a wide variety of animals, right in the city.
Last year’s event drew several hundred participants.
“We hear that people really look forward to the Animal Fair every year,” Mercadal said.
Additionally, this year donations will be accepted for the St. Luke’s Diaper Bank. Diapers or wipes will be collected for later distribution through various channels in the Kalamazoo community.
St. Luke’s is a downtown Episcopal church with an open-door attitude. All are welcome to gather with us for worship, as well as our multitude of community outreach opportunities.
More information about the parish is available online at stlukeskalamazoo.org.