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A school full of fun
Eastside's halls filled with activities for fall festival
Excited cup boy
Ezra Crittenden, 7, was delighted in his attempt to stack plastic cups quicker than his sister, Micah. He won. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Eastside Elementary School’s Fall Festival attracted hundreds of fun-seekers looking to enjoy more than 30 activities.
“The hallways were crowded throughout the whole night,” said Eastside principal Carol Prater. “Everyone seemed to be having fun. I noticed a lot of people were enjoying the Prater’s BBQ we had in the cafeteria. The crowd was larger than normal there.”
Games offered included ring toss, bean bag toss, plinko, skee-ball, candy corn bowling, duck pond, glow in the dark ring toss, crate ball, cornhole, toilet toss, pumpkin putt putt, lollipop game, and minute to win it. Other activities were a cake walk, face painting, arcade games, Wii, nail spa, pie in the face, bounce house, tattoos, necklace sale, bake sale, and silent auction.
Jolene Adams, 13, went room to room enjoying all the activities.
“I am having fun,” said Adams, after participating in candy corn bowling. “My favorite so far has been the cake walk, even though I didn’t win anything.”
Brayden Carter, 14, volunteered to work the event.
“I’m being a good Eastside Elementary student,” said Carter. “They asked if any students wanted to help out during the fall festival. I volunteered.”
Classroom activities were offered from 5-7 p.m., followed by a silent auction and a program called “Eastside’s Got Talent.”
“Our talent show was a change for this year and it ended up being a success,” said Prater. “For Eastside’s Got Talent, the students actually performed live a talent of their choice. We had some students who sang songs. We had some who danced. We had some who performed skits. We had gymnastics. I don’t want to leave anybody out, but that’s all I can think of right now.”
The event raised almost $18,000 before expenses. Proceeds from the festival will be used to upgrade and renovate the playground for the children to use during recess.
“I appreciate the support from all the local businesses, the community and the Eastside families,” said Prater.