Treasure out of trash: Fall Festival in Wears Valley

Treasure out of trash: Fall Festival in Wears Valley

Fall Festival
Oct. 9-10
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wears Valley United Methodist Church

SEVIERVILE, Tenn.(Oct. 3, 2015)  --  Many are familiar with the old cliché, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”

This saying rings true in the beautiful setting of Wears Valley in Sevier County, Tenn. It is here an alchemistic formula has been discovered to transform unwanted, unused and gently used items into a golden event to raise money to support missions.

The middle of August begins the traditional call for things you would be rid of. The United Methodist Women of Wears Valley United Methodist Church converge every Wednesday morning to sort through clothing, furniture, housewares, jewelry, books, etc. to price and get ready for the second weekend of October. (Yes, they start two months early).

The picnic pavilion is decorated with black plastic and picnic tables that are running over with items. Sunday-school classrooms are converted to bookstores, jewelry shops, bakeries and fun spots for kids that include face painting.

The United Methodist Men also work hard during this event because they are in charge of feeding the crowds that come to witness this wonderful event. At the breakfast meal, you will find sausage biscuits and assorted breakfast drinks. At lunch, you will find homemade soup and brats on the grill!

So what makes this event successful? It might be because there is such a large number of items to browse through and great food to eat.

It might be because it is located in such a beautiful setting at a tremendous time of year.

It might be successful because these church members are loving God and their neighbors by giving all proceeds to missions.

How successful is it? In 2014, the United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men and Kreative Kids pf Wears Valley UMC raised more than $15,000 through the Fall Festival. It requires several months of hard work, but it's well worth it.

You see, when God is in it, trash can be made into treasure!

The Rev. Kenneth Tucker is pastor at Wears Valley United Methodist Church

October 9 & 10 from 8 am till 3 pm.