WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. − The 22nd annual Party at the Park at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park is back again this year. Greater Lafayette citizens will be able to enjoy free food and activities 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
Party at the Park had humble beginnings as a front-yard church barbecue more than two decades ago at Calvary Church in West Lafayette. Since then, it has outgrown its original venue and moved to the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, where it hosts an average of 2,000 guests annually.
"It just grew every year as more people came," Amy Anthony, missions pastor at Calvary Church, said. "It's always been a free event. Just something that we'd try to do at back-to-school time to connect with people in our community, welcome new people to town and provide a fun, free event for families."
More than 200 volunteers organized this year's Party at the Park where fresh food and activities will be provided.
According to Anthony, burgers, hot dogs, chicken, local corn, popcorn, cotton candy, elephant ears, nachos and cheese and sno cones will be available as free refreshments for guests.
Family activities Sunday will include bounce houses and other inflatables such as an inflatable boxing ring, a dunk tank, pony rides, a petting zoo, the Boilermaker Special a football toss and more.
This year's event will differ from previous years as 2022 marks the first time Calvary Church is partnering with Second Baptist Church and Casas de Luz to co-host the event.
"We think it's really important that churches come together," Anthony said, "and work together to serve our community; to build relationships between churches. But also, one of the goals of the Party at the Park is to help connect people with a local church if they don't have a church."
Every part of this event is free to guests from the parking to the food and activities. Reservations are not required, but fast passes are available to guests with special needs. Requesting a fast pass can be done ahead of time by contacting email@example.com or by calling 765-463-2622. Fast passes also will be available on-site at Party at the Park.
"(I'm looking forward to) working with the other churches," Anthony said. "I've been getting to know both churches pretty well over the last couple of years and I'm excited for us to be able to volunteer together and hopefully for people to connect with their churches following the Party at the Park."
Anthony recommended guests use their GPS devices to navigate to the amphitheater due to construction going on in the area. Due to this construction, Ind. 43 is currently closed.
Party at the Park will be 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park in West Lafayette. Information: yourcalvary.church/party.
Margaret Christopherson is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @MargaretJC2.
This article originally appeared on Lafayette Journal & Courier: Churches partner for a free Party at the Park on Sunday