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Cary Church Features Presidential Election

Oct 28, 2004

Hope Community Church to Feature Unique Presidential “Voting Booth” at Fall Fun Festival

CARY / RALEIGH, NC — What’s really on everyone’s mind this Halloween?

The coming presidential elections, of course. Hope Community Church will host their own family fun version of this important voting event at their annual Fall Family Fun Festival on October 31.

So, what is President Bush’s favorite ice cream? And if cookies reigned supreme, which kind would John Kerry stock up on? ‘Think you’re a Republican? ‘Sure you’re a Democrat? The votes will tell as festival attendees stop by the presidential voting booth and cast their votes for president — but only by matching their own personal likes/dislikes against those of the presidential candidates.

The name of the candidates (Bush and Kerry) will not appear on the ballots, only their unique personal “druthers.” It will be up to the voter to “vote” based on their sharing of similar personal favorites and interests. Every hour on the hour, beginning at 5:30 pm and continuing at 6:30 and 7:30 pm, the votes will be tallied and a presidential winner for that hour declared. The voting then begins again each hour until the conclusion of the evening’s festivities.

To help all the clowns, princesses, action heroes, animals, pirates, and Disney characters get into the spirit of things, HCC has gone out of its way to provide festival goers with a primo voting facility. Much like a real voting booth, the very red, white, and blue decorated booth will be closed in to “conceal” each voter and their votes, equipped with lights inside and out to reveal when a vote has been cast, and stationed by pollsters who will count the votes on the hour.

Cas and Marg Nowak, real-life precinct chairman and secretary respectively of precinct 04-12, and members of Hope Community Church, have agreed to oversee this very important fall festival activity. Not to be left out, both Miss Liberty and Uncle Sam will be on hand to point the way to the voting booth and encourage all the festival celebrants to let their voices be heard and make their votes count.

The Hope Community Church (HCC) Fall Festival continues to offer families a fun, safe alternative to the typical Halloween night activities including hayrides, an obstacle course, dunk tank, games, concessions, contests, jugglers and a myriad of other activities. In addition, each child will “trick or treat” their way throughout the various booths and activities.

HCC’s Fall Family Fun Festival is October 31, from 4:30-7:30 pm. This year’s festivities are being held in the gymnasium and on the grounds of Grace Christian School located at 801 Buck Jones Road in Southwest Raleigh, next to the church’s own new building project. Admission is $1 per person with a $5 max per family. Children and adults are asked to attend in friendly costumes.

Founded in 1994 by Pastor Mike Lee and his wife, Laura, HCC is located near the Crossroads Shopping Center in Cary. With over 2,000 in weekly attendance, HCC’s unique vision includes ministering through the arts,media, and culturally relevant teaching. For more information, visit<file:///\> or call 532.0620.# # #Written/submitted by Debbie Dodson