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Centertown fundraiser offers variety of activities
Jason Sweatman looks on as Allison Sweatman bowls for a strike in the pumpkin tossing event at Centertown Fall Festival. The idea was to knock down all of the rolls of toliet paper to win a prize.

Fall fun was had at Centertown Elementary when the school held its annual fundraiser, offering games, food and auctions all to benefit the school.
“The parent group has been wonderful and parents have been involved and very generous in helping us out,” said Centertown principal Pam Cowan of the success of the fall festival.
The event featured games in many of the classrooms, with the games spanning the gamut from toilet paper tosses, pumpkin bowling and face painting to fishing for goldfish, limbo and booger picking.
"We had some creative things going on here," Cowan said, pointing to one game which featured a giant papier-mâché nose which students could "pick" for prizes. "We had some wonderful room games."There was also a maze where students could crawl through the darkness, finding their way around until they found the exit.
“I had to go in and get a few,” said teacher Josh Thaxton, noting some students found themselves hopelessly lost in the cardboard chamber.
As for the proceeds, Cowan said they will be put to good use. “We plan on purchasing free-standing playground equipment,” she noted. “We also need to add technology to get ready for testing we have coming online.”
Cowan pointed out the elimination of raffle tickets this year left a big hole in fundraising. Schools were advised not to hold raffles or 50/50 drawings due to state law. The raffles had been a staple for most of the local schools when it comes to fundraisers.
“We added a silent auction, bake sale and Warrior Village to help make up for it,” Cowan said, noting she feels those addition will fill the loss of the raffle funds.
Cowan said she is already looking forward to next year’s event as the fall festival is generally the only fundraiser the school holds.
Video highlights of the festival can be found on the Southern Standard website in the multimedia section.