By LIZ HARTNETT
The air smelled of funnel cakes and hot dogs as kids played beanbag toss and had their faces painted at the Two Mile Prairie Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 16.
The event, which has become an annual fall staple for the elementary school, is organized by the PTA as a fundraiser. Children participated in games including putt-putt and hillbilly golf and won a variety of prizes, such as plastic whistles, temporary tattoos and bragging rights.
“We love the event,” said Jennifer Hartwick, who has three children at Two Mile Prairie. “It’s a great way to support the school, families and the PTA.”
Parents and teachers participated in the day’s festivities as well. Not only did they volunteer to help run the games and the concession stand, but they helped organize and run the whole event.
“I think, as my first year teaching, it’s great to have something like this,” said second grade teacher Susannah McMillion, who ran the popular game of finding a Popsicle stick in a haystack.
The profits from the tickets, as well as the money earned from the concession stand, goes right back into the PTA’s funds to help support school programs and get supplies throughout the year as needed.
“It’s a great community builder and a great way for the parents to meet teachers,” said Stephanie Stansell, vice president of the Two Mile Prairie PTA.