Bay Farm families flock to Fall Fest

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By staff writer Rowan Esquer

On October 18, Bay Farm School held its first-ever Fall Festival and raised about $6,000 for the PTA.

Students who attended were able to buy tickets they could cash in for prizes at student- and parent-run games. Some of these games include a whipped-cream pie face smash, the ever-popular cake walk, and showing off your pitching arm by pelting PE teacher Scott Slez with a wet ball.

“We should have this every year!” said fifth-grader Camryn Sumrok.

Sixth-grader Haleyn Manibusan said she liked several of the activity booths, including the popular hair dye booth.

The Fall Fest was a fundraiser for the school that supports the classrooms and field trips for each grade. “In my opinion,” said Rak Bhalla, chairman of the PTA fundraising committee, “we should do this every year, because it brings our community together, and we raise money for our school at the same time.”

Amidst all the excitement of the center quad, business at the Book Fair was also booming.

Families were able to purchase their pumpkins for Halloween at a pumpkin patch at the front of the school. Grown and donated to the school by Curtis and Kelli Sumrok, there was a total of 420 pumpkins for sale.

Curtis Sumrok said they had harvested the pumpkins the day before the event, but that an additional 2,000 gourds were lost to bugs. The couple planted the pumpkins in June, four months in advance, and donated all the best ones to Bay Farm because “we think it’s good having pumpkins at the Fall Festival, and good to get them in season,” he said.

The first-ever Fall Festival was a success, with a total 45 volunteers, and raised more money than expected.