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Fall Festival provides goodies for kids

By Staff | Nov 1, 2019

Children and adults arrived in costume to enjoy the Fall Festival and trunk-or-treat event hosted by Jefferson County Relay for Life Sunday afternoon. Toni Milbourne

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — Fourteen Relay for Life teams who participate in the Jefferson County Relay for Life each year teamed up to host a Fall Festival at the Jefferson County school bus garage on Oct. 27.

The event served as a community outreach, as well as a fundraiser for the participating teams.

“It is a free event to the public,” said Heather Fauble, Jefferson Relay’s coordinator. “The teams have set up sites around the parking lot and the only stipulation was they have to provide candy.”

Many teams chose also to sell fall-themed items and activities to raise funds for their teams.

The Pedal Pushers team, comprised of Jefferson County school bus drivers, thrilled youngsters with their decorated bus. The children, most in costume, climbed aboard the bus to get treats, meeting with a skeleton seat-belted into the front seat and a flying bat over the goodies cauldron.

Ryan Rudy, one of the team’s members, shared that the team has been active for several years.

“We tried to get involved,” Rudy said. “Decorating the bus was a good way to do that.”

The bus was not the only vehicle decorated for the afternoon.

“There is a trunk decorating contest,” Fauble said. Attendees at the event could vote for their favorite trunk by placing $1 per vote in the corresponding bucket.

“There is a $10 prize for the winning team,” Fauble said.

Activities at various stations included coloring and a variety of games to go along with the tasty treats the youngsters could add to their Halloween buckets.

The event helped serve as a kick-start to fundraising for participating teams who are looking ahead to the June 13, 2020 Jefferson County Relay for Life. The event will be held once again at T.A. Lowery Elementary School where teams of individuals will walk all night to show support for each other, for cancer survivors and for those who have lost someone to the battle. Funds raised at the event and throughout the year leading up to the walk go to help find a cure.

For those who want to join or register a team to participate in the event, contact Penny Horner at penny.horner@cancer.org.

The next event to be hosted by Jefferson County Relay for Life is a Relay University that will be held Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jefferson County School Bus Garage, 635 McGarry Blvd. in Kearneysville.