There's something for everyone at this family event of the year! 1-5pmRAIN OR SHINE!Why Not an American Ark3224 Medlin RoadMonroe, NC 28112 *PLEASE NOTE: While we love pets, we kindly request that you leave them safely at home during the Fall Festival. There are plenty of animals to enjoy at Why Not an American Ark!
It’s best to pre-order these meal options before the festival - there will be limited availability to purchase that day. Keep scrolling to view additional food options to purchase on the day of the festival.
BBQ, sauce, roll, slaw and chips$10
Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Roll$10
Philly Steak Sandwich & Fries $12
Extra Large 16" whole pizza$24
Two hot dogs, chips and drink$5
You can purchase these items during the Festival. Prices range from $2-$10.Sandra Lees Country Kitchen: Hamburgers and friesCream Ice Concepts: Dippin’ Dots, fried pickles, grilled cheese, tater tots, donut holes, ice cream Bake Mohr Sweets: Cupcakes, cake pops, pretzel rods Burney’s Sweets & More: Crescent rolls, brownies, blondies What’s Water Ice: Frozen flavored treatsMama K’s Kettle CornWorld’s Greatest Funnel Cake: Funnel cake, s’mores, cotton candy Kandi-Liscious Apples & Treats: Candy apples, pork rinds James Byrd Catering: Lemon pound cake, banana pudding (James is a member of Central, and once you’ve had his banana pudding, you’ll never be able to eat it anywhere else again!)Even Layer Cakes: Cake cups, cinnamon rolls, bread pudding, gluten free options
Need something done at home, a car repair, financial advice, a haircut, facial, or something else? Come bid for services from businesses owned by Central members. Win the bid, and not only do you get the service, but your purchase will support a child going to camp, one of Central’s missionaries, or a local outreach. Register online, then pick up your bidding paddle at the festival.
So, you fancy yourself to be a chef - or at least you can prepare your family a mean meal. You're invited to cook up a fall favorite by selecting from the provided ingredients. Tickle the palates of our three illustrious judges to win the top prize. All ingredients, cooking utensils and supplies are provided. Register online, names will be drawn to compete. We can't wait to see what you'll cook up!
If you’re not a member of a Central to Go group, you will want to be, because we’re having a fun, something-for-everyone, friendly competition between these adult groups. These one - minute games are not strenuous and can be played by anyone. In a few short minutes, your entire Central to Go group could win a catered meal for one of your weekly meetings. Have your group leader let us know you want to compete by emailing [email protected].
Before you leave to come to the Fall Festival, grab a non-perishable food item or two to bring with you. These food collection provide items for Central families going through a hard time. Drop your items off at the entrance to the festival.
Register your classic car for all festival-goers to admire. These one-of-a-kind cars will be on display where visitors can cast a vote for their favorite to win the People’s Choice Award.
Bring your own bait and tackle to compete for great gift cards by catching bass, brim, and crappie. This catch-and-release competition will be held at the large pond from 2:30-3:30pm. Register below by Oct. 13, or on the day of the festival.
We have a lot of talent in our congregation, representing places from around the world. Be sure to visit the booths of amazing hand-made items for sale by 20 artists. Their art will shorten your Christmas shopping list! For sale, you’ll find jewelry, paintings, wood items and much more.
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a fast-paced, high-energy show full of wild and crazy visual stunts. Mark will amaze you with juggling, fire eating, trick unicycling, balance and hilarious audience participation. This is a festival highlight you don’t want to miss - click the video to see a sample of his talent!
Kids in 1st-5th grades, pick up a wrist band as you enter the festival and get three “X’s” by participating in three activities to win candy and other prizes. Preschoolers can play "pick a duck" to win a prize as they leave the festival, as well as pick a pumpkin to take home!
The Obstacle is Back! Middle and High School students, take on the challenge! Teams will compete on a giant obstacle course (revised from the last event) to see who can conquer. If you don’t want to compete, come and cheer the participants on - bring a friend and just hang out!
Whether you are walking the property checking out the camels and zebras or talking to a parrot and petting a pig, your family will understand why the location is called an ark.
*PLEASE NOTE: While we love pets, we kindly request that you leave them safely at home during the Fall Festival. There are plenty of animals to enjoy at Why Not an American Ark!
There will be mechanical swings, mechanical bull ride, bungee trampolines, rock climbing wall, a bounce house, carnival games and more. Kids can also ride a pony or hop on a hayride to see the whole farm.
1:00 pm Festival opens2:00 pm Entertainer Mark Lippard on the Arena Stage Pony Rides2:30 pm Fishing Tournament at the large pond Hay Rides2:45 pm Service Auction on the Arena Stage3:00 pm Central Cook-Off on the Arena Stage3:15 pm Central to Go "Minute to Win It" on the Arena Stage4:00 pm Central Cook-Off Finals on the Arena Stage5:00 pm Festival Closes