This week, kids will want to go to school on a Saturday, as students and the community are being invited to Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s Fall Festival — a day of games, food and fun. The Fall Festival has been rescheduled from Saturday, Oct. 3, to Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the school.
People of all ages can find something fun to do, from gymnasium games to parking lot performances. Children can win a prize at any of the indoor games, including skee-ball and mini-golf. Outdoors, kids can enjoy the hayride, moon bounce and dunk tank.
“The principal and the assistant principal are going to be in the dunk tank, which is really exciting,” said PTO President Jen Lovellette.
Everyone gets to see “the exciting things that the kids do after school,” with demos by X Squad dancers and Hurricane Hapkido martial arts. Cascading Carlos will bring his juggling prowess, while John Donato will do a community-created mural.
“Everybody that shows up can participate and be part of it,” Lovellette said of the mural. “We’re actually going to put it up in the hallway of the school once it’s completed.”
There is no admission fee. Games and activities cost tickets, which can be purchased, $5 for 25 tickets. Families can bring cash for hotdogs, pizza, baked goods and around 15 vendors. The “Chinese auction” also includes all kinds of prizes, donated by area businesses, including a week’s worth of food prep by a personal chef.
LB spirit-wear will also be sold, including T-shirts, sweatshirts and car magnets. Families can show their school spirit, while residents get to support their local students and teachers. All funds go directly to the school.
The PTO has hosted festivals in the past, but not for several years.
“Lord Baltimore has always been really close with its community, so I feel like this is just a day where we get to enjoy each other and come out … and see some great entertainment and have a great day of fun,” Lovellette said.
The mural will be a lasting symbol of that, hanging in the LB halls.
“We are excited, as this is our first event of the school year, and we hope it is something that will be enjoyed by both school families and the community,” said Kelli Ryan, PTO vice president. “We really are looking forward to a great event!”