The Cunningham United Methodist Church has planned a full day of activities for the entire family Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Cunningham city park. The event, dubbed “Pause in the Park” is a fund-raiser for Hands of Hope, a non-profit assistance ministry that collects and distributes donated food and non-food items in the community.


The Cunningham United Methodist Church has planned a full day of activities for the entire family Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Cunningham city park. The event, dubbed “Pause in the Park” is a fund-raiser for Hands of Hope, a non-profit assistance ministry that collects and distributes donated food and non-food items in the community.

A couple of activities require a $7 registration fee, but most are by free will donation. The south shelter house in the park, located along the north side of U.S. 54 at the west edge of town, is the center for operations.

Events get underway at 7:30 a.m. with a run-walk around the perimeter of the park. First, second and third prizes will be given. For the walk, coming close to the predicted time is the key to winning. Participants receive a Pause in the Park T-shirt.

Breakfast is served in the community center in “beautiful downtown Cunningham” from 8 to 10 a.m., according to event co-chair Roseanne Sullivan. The menu includes biscuits and gravy, sausage, sweet rolls, coffee and juice.

Clues for a medallion hunt will be handed out at 10 a.m. at the park. The prize for the medallion, located somewhere on public property within the town, is $100.

Also on the agenda are a chili-tasting event and games for children. Refreshments will be available for purchase, along with lunch of chili, hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks.

A highlight of the day is a dog show, “Paws in the Park,” from 2 to 4 p.m. It will include a dog and owner look-alike contest, walk, lead, trot and run categories (all on a leash), and a talent portion (shake hands, roll over, speak, etc.) Anyone is welcome to enter for a $7 registration, and every dog will win a ribbon of some sort. The Pratt Area Humane Society is providing judges for the event.

An auction of new and used items will take place at 4 o’clock. The day wraps up with an ice cream and cake social from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

This is the first fund-raising event for Hands of Hope, which was organized in 2005 and serves about 35 Cunningham area families on a fairly regular basis. Food and other items are donated, Sullivan noted, but the ministry must pay shipping to receive items from Feed the Children and bread products from Dillons. Food baskets are delivered at Thanksgiving and Christmas. The hope is that someday a thrift store can be opened in Cunningham.