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Church fest for fun, fellowship and pork
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

• What: Red Door Festival
• When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, 724 Pilgrim Mill Road
• Cost: Free admission; pig roast tickets are $8 adults, $5 children


It started with a pig roast. And while guests can still enjoy some succulent pork, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit has expanded its annual autumn tradition into a full fall event.

The inaugural Red Door Festival will take place Saturday outside the church on Pilgrim Mill Road.

“To make it more open to the whole community, we changed the name to the Red Door Festival, and really broadened it beyond the barbecue to include fun events,” the Rev. Keith Oglesby said.

The celebration will include live music, a bake sale, craft fair, children’s activities, dog costume contest, book sale and, of course, pork barbecue.

All events are free, though pig roast tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for children.

Donations and proceeds from barbecue will go toward funding the church’s community outreach programs, Oglesby said.

Most of the money will go toward The Pantry, an on-site church nonprofit that distributes non-food items often unable to be purchased with food stamps, such as diapers or detergent.

The name of the celebration mirrors the exterior of the local church and the common Episcopalian tradition of red doors to symbolize the blood of or faith in Jesus Christ, Oglesby said.

The church held a contest to determine the festival’s name, he said. While many parishioners submitted pig puns, the red door better encompassed the idea.

Chris Wilson, who has been heading up the tradition for about five years, said it’s a family thing that he’s done for a while with his two sons, now 16 and 19.

“It’s really not a lot of hard work,” he said. “It’s just sitting around, taking it easy and bonding.”

Wilson hopes the festive atmosphere will draw a bigger turnout, as well as increase donations to The Pantry.

The following weekend, the building for the grocery outreach program will be dedicated to the late Wendy Murphy, a former church member, volunteer and wife of state Sen. Jack Murphy.