The White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center held a Fall Festival for town residents last week. The festival included carnival style games, food, candy and prizes for visitors.
This was the first year for the center to hold an outdoor Fall Festival of this size. According to Luwanna Harvill, the center usually passes out candy to trick-or-treaters each year.
Harvill talked about reasons for inviting the community to be a part of the center’s celebration and said, “Nursing homes tend to get a bad name. We want to show people how times have changed and residents here are in a great environment.”
With the help of donations and services provided by volunteers, staff members, local businesses, and families of the residents, the festival proved successful.
More than 500 people visited the festival and participated in games and enjoyed hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, and candy. There was even a petting zoo for the little ones to experience. The event was free to the public and the center hopes to hold a similar event next year.
“We have a few areas that we need to work on for next year,” said Harvill. The staff is already thinking ahead, planning next year’s big event.