The seventh annual “Back Yard Bash” takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Cottonwood Flats, west of historic downtown Guthrie. Activities and attractions will include candy fishing, face painting, a petting zoo, Bible storytelling booths and inflatable slides and obstacle courses.

Participants will also receive free meals, with dinner being served at 5 p.m. Friday and lunch at noon Saturday.

The festival organizers hope to inspire children and their families enough to become connected to a local church, said Pastor Bill Williams of Guthrie Community Church.

“The simplest objective is uniting the community, and what better thing to unite around than children and families?” Williams said. “(The festival) is not an evangelistic, big thing … Everything right now with the economy the way it is and people out of work, what a great place to go and it’s free and it’s local.”

More than 2,500 children and adults attended last year’s festival, according to the church. Every child who attends will receive a free backpack with school supplies, Williams said.

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