Fall Festival focuses on family fun

By Ron Burtz

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Family fun will be the focus of a first-ever Fall Festival planned for this Saturday afternoon at Custer Jr./Sr. High School. The event, sponsored jointly by the student council and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will feature carnival booths, a meal, a pie bake-off and family movies.

FCCLA adviser Tiffany Newman says the idea sprang out of a conversation she had in the teachers lounge one day recently with student council adviser Sandy Arseneault. 

“FCCLA’s central focus is family,” said Newman, “and the month of November is national family month, so it all tied in well with our organization as well as student council which is always trying to do things with the community.”

In addition, two of Newman’s FCCLA students, Shaylee Gramkow and Sadie Glade, are using the event as a project for state competition.

Newman says organizers first thought about having an event in October before Halloween, but decided that with homecoming and other events, that month was too busy so they settled on November as schedules were flexible then. 

The festival will begin at 2 p.m. in the high school commons. Admission will be two nonperishable food items for next week’s student council Stuff-a-Truck food drive. 

Carnival game booths will be set up by various student organizations, and a meal of homemade chicken noodle soup served in bread bowls with apple pie for dessert will be served for an additional charge. Proceeds of the event will go to the Stuff-a-Truck program and FCCLA’s national outreach project Lead2Feed. 

For the apple pie bake-off, contestants are encouraged to contact Newman by Thursday, Nov. 8, to register. 

At the conclusion of the day at 6:15 or 6:30 a family movie such as “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” or “Christopher Robin” will be shown. 

“It’s just something to get families together,” said Newman, adding that the event is all about spending time together with the family.

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