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Review & Herald Hosts the Big Top, Invites Community
By Kim Peckham
When the Cole Brothers traveling circus asked if they could set up their big top on the Review’s property in Hagerstown, Md., administration agreed if they would be allowed to set up a booth on the circus midway. Agreements were also made to restrict smoking, alcohol, and even pork products on the grounds.
Working from a location near the elephant rides, Review employees handed out Guide magazines and balloons to the kids. They invited adults to sign up for a chance to win a set of The Bible Story books. During every show, the ringmaster announced the name of a family who won a set of books and thanked the Review for hosting the event. Local literature evangelists are currently visiting the 230 families who wanted the set but did not win.
“There were connections made,” said Howard Scoggins, assistant to the president. “They have a pretty good idea who Seventh-day Adventists are right now.”