By Lindsay Starr Platt, The Belton Journal
Yettie Polk Park in downtown Belton was the place to be on Saturday as the Body of Christ Community Clinic hosted a community festival complete with live music, food trucks, vendors and a kids’ zone. The festival was free to attend.
The kids zone was a hit as children had a chance to get their faces painted and play carnival games such as a prize wheel, duck pond and arts and crafts. The Belton Fire Department had an engine on display to tour and learn about. The barrel train belonging to the Belton Police Department provided rides to children around the park. The big blue dog mascot “Badge” from BPD made an appearance to give kids high-fives and pose for photos.
The festival “Counting Our Blessings” was a community celebration for the Body of Christ Community Clinic (BOCC)’s fifth anniversary and an effort to thank the communities it serves for their support.
“This is just a way to pay back the community for all they do,” commented John Perry, chairman of the board, BOCCC. “We are supported by 14 churches, and each of those churches has volunteers helping with the kids’ zone activities. This is our first year for the fest, which is to celebrate our five years as a clinic. Hopefully we will be back next year with another event. The City of Belton was also very helpful, as were the police and fire department.”
The communities also gave back by providing city officials to be the guests of honor in the dunking booth. Belton mayor Marion Grayson and mayor pro tem David Leigh along with Salado mayor Skip Blancett perched in their seats in the dunking booth waiting for that ball that would plunge them into the tank.
Three bands performed on stage at the Yettie Polk Park Amphitheater. Headlining bands included “Pride & Joy,” “Tercia” and “Fireside.”
“Anything I can do to support an event like this that reaches out to the folks of Belton and Salado, I will do anything to help. No problem, really, getting me into a dunking booth in this hundred degree weather,” said Belton High School athletic director Bob Shipley.
BOCCC has designed a new building for the new dental clinic for the community, and they need to raise $250,000 to get it up to code.
The Body of Christ Clinic is located at 2210 Holland Rd. in Belton. It is currently open Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. To make an appointment or a donation, call the clinic at (254) 939-9500 or visit the website at bodyofchristclinic.org.