One Mission Society in Greenwood held its inaugural International Festival of worldwide games Saturday on campus at 941 Fry Road.
Kids of all ages enjoyed a variety of cultural games, bounce houses, a globe-trotter photo booth with traditional clothes from various cultures and flag face-paintings plus refreshments.
The event attracted 500 patrons of all ages. Volunteer helpers were on hand, including Franklin Central High School standout Rachel Loobie. The worldwide games played at the International Festival included:
• Ring the Bull- Kids throw rings on the horns of an inflatable bull-floating in a kiddie pool (Spain)
• What a Relief!- Kids carry either rice or water across the marked area to help bring relief to the people of (India/South Asia)
• Chopstick Challenge- Kids use chopsticks to transfer plastic sushi pieces as quickly as possible to a giant takeout box (Japan)
• Escargot- game kids play in Haiti like hopscotch only it’s on the back of a giant snail shell
• Mancala- classic strategy game from Africa
• Chapas- kids race decorated bottle caps around a track by flicking them, hoping to cross the finish line first
• Osselets- kids in Haiti who don’t have toys or even a ball often use goat knee bones to play a game similar to jacks
One Mission Society is an evangelical, interdenominational faith mission that has more than 30-plus denominations represented within its worldwide missionary membership with its headquarters in Greenwood.