Boo was the word at Bobby Ray Memorial’s BooFest Friday with fun activities taking place all day long at the school. The fun started with principal Monti Hillis being taped to the wall by her students.
“This was definitely a different experience,” said Hillis. “The children loved the idea and had fun doing it.” Students were vying for class Prince and Princess, and earned a right to place tape on her according to the funds raised.
At the end of the night, kindergarten student Zeke Morrison, and third-grader Gracelyn Garing was named Mr. and Miss Bobby Ray. It was estimated the activity raised $2,500.
At 5 p.m. visitors arrived for a delicious chili supper, with chili prepared by Bobby Ray staff. Their inspiration was for their chili to be recognized by a distinguished panel of judges. The top three winners were Marsha Hartman, Lynette Kesey and Sadie Newby, with each receiving a gift card from Chili's.
Fun games were available throughout the school, with many students wearing their Halloween costumes, adding to the festivities. Beautifully decorated pumpkins, provided by various classes, were on display with the hopes of obtaining first-place status. A creative M&M pumpkin submitted by the pre-K classes won the competition.
Guests had better be on their best behavior, as warrants were being issued for unsuspecting folks slamming them in a mock jail.
Travis Martin was arrested by Deputy Kevin York, with Martin charged with a felony and locked up until he could raise bail money.
“I can’t believe this has happened,” said Martin. “They put me in here because they said I was streaking.”
With all the arrests made in jest, everyone had fun making pledges and posting bail to raise money for the school.
Grade level theme baskets were on display in the gym for bidding, as well as delicious items in the sweet shop. Entertainment was provided by The TC Bryant Band, and karaoke by Josh and Mary Wanamaker.
A fun BooFest was had at Bobby Ray Memorial, with approximately $10,000 raised for the school coffers.