The torrid heat Sunday afternoon prompted Peace Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, to move its annual Friendship Festival from the church grounds into the church itself.
But that did not stop almost all the planned activities from taking place.
The only casualty was the pony rides. “The pony rides will be back next year,” said Rev. Nancy Bence, senior pastor at Peace Lutheran Church.
The inflatables were set up outside in a somewhat shady area, however, and drew a lot of children despite the what Bence called “the merciless heat.”
Inside the church, food was served and the PLC Band and Greg Inhofer performed in the fellowship hall.
Assorted games, including a treat walk, were set up at various locations throughout the church.
And Peace Lutheran Church Preschool hosted its annual open house to promote the start of the new year Sept. 3.
The preschool, which has been in operation for more than 40 years, has classes Monday through Friday mornings.
Three- through five-year-olds attend the school with classes for different ages at different times during the week.
According to Stephanie Brahs of the preschool, there are up to 120 children enrolled in the school with openings in prekindergarten and three-year-old levels.
For more information about the church go to www.peacecoonrapids.org.
Peter Bodley is at firstname.lastname@example.org