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Good News Spectacular to offer free entertainment, games Saturday

The Good News Spectacular is a free community event coming to Greenville 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. May 21. Sponsored by the Child Evangelism Fellowship of South Carolina’s Greenville chapter, this kid-oriented festival will be filled with games, inflatables, popcorn, live interactive shows and fun for the whole family.

Taking up 125,000-square-feet of space at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, the Good News Spectacular is intended to bring the community together in a fun, nurturing environment, according to Alicia Jackson, special events coordinator for the CEF’s Good News Clubs in Greenville and Piedmont.

“We want to share the gospel of Christ with our whole community, and do it in a fun atmosphere,” she said. “It’s simply meant to be a great atmosphere for families to have a great time. Kids will have the opportunity to learn more about the gospel if they’re interested, but it won’t be intrusive. There will be inflatables, free popcorn and free snow cones, and we hope to see as many families come out as possible.”

A variety of entertainment and vendors will also be on hand, offering face painting, free eye screening, free glucose and blood pressure screenings, balloon art, free child identification and fingerprinting, a free photo booth, clowns, mascots and more.

Stage shows will be provided throughout the day, with performances by The Critter Keeper, an illusionist, puppeteers, a ventriloquist, musicians and others.

The Good News Spectacular has been held in parts of North Carolina for the last 10 years, drawing thousands of visitors to each event. The CEF’s Greenville chapter decided to bring it to Greenville, hoping to repeat its success in the Upstate.

“The Child Evangelism Fellowship is a nationwide group, so this event has been done in North Carolina by other CEFs. We’re using the same format they used and applying it here,” Jackson said. “It’s entirely free and a public event. Anyone can come.”

She said children will be able to make bracelets that are called The Wordless Book Bracelets.

“It talks about what Christ did for us in a bracelet format, and that’s how we’ll talk to kids and their families about Jesus,” she said.

The CEF of Greenville serves in approximately 120 schools throughout Greenville, Pickens, Anderson and Oconee counties through the Good News Club, providing students with a chance to hear the gospel.

“We knew there was a way to reach more families, and the Good News Spectacular seemed like the best opportunity,” Jackson said.

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A complete schedule of events is available online at