Vol 7 No. 4 - October 18, 2006

Wanted: Fall Fest vols

Emma Maneuse gets a sneak peak of the haunted house that is featured at the Anna Maria Elementary School auditorium during Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 28.

By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer

HOLMES BEACH – The Anna Maria Elementary School PTO needs volunteers who don’t mind getting wet for a good cause.

Sandy Victor told the PTO moms and members of the Fall Fest organizing committee who met for an update last week that they have approached a several elected officials and other dignitaries and nobody volunteered to go into the dunk tank, which is sponsored by Air America. Some cited back injuries and other ailments as the reason they could not sit in the tank and go into the water when a customer tries to hit a target with a ball. Each volunteer would serve a shift and then be free to enjoy the rest of the Fall Fest.

The dunk tank is one of many fund-raising games and activities that will be available at the Fall Fest, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, following a parade from Holmes Beach City Hall to the school. Others include a rock climbing wall, an obstacle course, a large slide and two bounce houses for pre-school and younger or elementary school and older kids.

Kids will compete in a Halloween costume contest after they arrive at the school in the parade. After that, it’s fun and games on the school grounds.

New to the Fall Fest this year is a haunted house at the auditorium and a "Kiss the Pig" event. Principal Kathy Hayes will be one of those who will pucker with the little porker for donations.

Each class will have a game booth outside for contestants of all ages and there will be a bake sale inside the lunchroom.

The Fall Fest is one of the PTO’s largest fund-raisers and the proceeds go toward the many programs and projects the group has to help the school students, teachers and staff.

Tickets are on sale at the school for $1 each and there is a coupon on them for a free cookie. Ticket holders also have an opportunity to win free prizes from drawings to be held at the event.

Parking will be limited and everyone is encouraged to park either at city hall and walk down with the parade or use the free Island Trolley, if possible.

If you would like to volunteer for the dunk tank, call Sandy Victor at 228-5291.

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