Get to know neighbors at community potluck

Y'all come, was an expression I loved hearing my father-in-law use. It's just so inclusive. No restrictions. No qualifications. No Exclusions.

That's the philosophy behind the 3rd Annual VOC Community Potluck in the Park from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at Kiwanis Park, 690 Bell Rock Blvd., next to the VOCA Clubhouse.

This is an event designed to bring the community together to connect as next-door neighbors, to introduce people to each other, to laugh and enjoy life together, to celebrate who we are and to build community - and everyone in the Village is invited.

Although hosted by the Nazarene Church, the potluck is sponsored by over 40 area businesses and organizations. The church is providing the planning and organization, much of the labor and some of the food. Hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, buns, condiments, chips and water are provided by area businesses. The community is asked to bring a salad, a side dish or desert.

Just like previous years, the event will have bouncy houses, slides and face painting for kids, along with games for adults and children. The Annual VOC Community Potluck in the Park uses a retro theme, focusing on traditional family fun, such as a pie-eating contest for all ages, sack races, a three-legged race, dance contest and so much more.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Department participates, bringing deputies - including Deputy Do Right. The National Forest Service brings Smokey Bear and handouts for kids, and Sedona Fire represents come with firefighters and equipment. Sammy Davis and his band will perform and play for the dance contest. Last year, local businesses donated over 40 prizes to be given away, 15 of which were given as door prizes just for showing up!

We received positive feedback for several months after last year's festivities. One of the most common things heard was, "Are you going to do more than just one Potluck a year? I really don't want to wait a whole year for another one."

Last year's attendees met people who later became friends and social companions. It's so satisfying to know the event accomplished its intended purpose.

Organizers are still in need of assistance. If you are available to help with setting up or cleaning up, if you have shade canopies to loan or are simply looking for additional details, visit http://vocnaz.org or call 928-284-0015.

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