Dibrell Elementary School shattered records at its annual Fall Festival, with over $29,000 raised. Over 12,000 tickets were sold, earning the entire school a trip to the Tennessee Aquarium.
Calling the event “a huge success” with one of the largest turnouts ever, principal Lisa Paz-Mason said, “We really appreciate the hard work of the PTO, faculty, staff, and people of the community. I give special thanks to School Board members Scott Holmes and Bill Zechman, and Director of Schools Bobby Cox.”
PTO president Gidget Davis said this was by far the most successful Fall Festival in the history of the school and credited much of the success to the students. Davis said, “I was proud of those kids!”
On the evening of the festival, the halls were packed as children and their families enjoyed the games and concessions. Said Davis, “People in the community that haven’t come out in years attended.”
Kids had a huge variety of games and activities to enjoy. The hit of the night was a mechanical bull ride, with riders testing their luck against the raging bull. Other activities included karaoke, a cake walk, a toy walk, a tunnel navigated with a glow stick, nail and hair painting and cornhole games.
Two bounce houses were available, with a country-themed house for the smaller children, and a Jurassic Adventure for older bouncers.
After the games, attendees were treated to a hilarious “Hee Haw” show, with faculty and volunteers playing the familiar characters. Featured performers included Buck Owens and Roy Clark, played by Marc Pyburn and Dorian Loeffler, and Mason as Loretta Lynn. Minnie Pearl, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and many more made appearances.
School Board member Scott Holmes did a skit with his wife, Dee Dee. Director of Schools Bobby Cox and School Board member Bill Zechman were good sports, singing “You Were Gone.”
After the show, the drawings, door prizes, and auction proved to be as much a success as the ticket sales. A highlight of the evening was an auction of quilts made by the students of retired teacher Delores Moore.