LEITERSBURG -- After just two years, a free outdoor festival in Leitersburg might not be drawing record crowds, but the small family event appears to have taken root.
"I think it's great," said Donna Leatherman of Leitersburg.
Members of St. Paul's Evangelical Free Lutheran Church, Leitersburg Ruritan Club and Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co. hosted a community family festival Saturday at Leitersburg Ruritan Community Park.
Civic leaders created the festival last year with a simple goal, said Lynn Bibbee, secretary of the Ruritan.
"We wanted to host a free event for families in a good, safe environment," she said.
Organizers also wanted to engender a sense of community in Leitersburg that began to fade when the Leitersburg School closed, said Terry Culler, pastor at St. Paul's.
Leitersburg, which is an unincorporated area of Washington County, could use a more defined sense of community, Culler said.
He hopes this event, like the annual Leitersburg Peach Festival, will help bring people together, he said.