Annual LAA Fall Festival
Many people came and enjoyed the delights of autumn at Louisville Adventist Academy's Fall Festival this past Sunday, October 11, 2015.Every year, Louisville First SDA Church participates in the LAA Fall Festival with volunteers from the congregation helping with set-up, running of booths, driving the tractor for the hayride, and helping with clean-up to name a few activities. It is always a day filled with fun, fellowship, and hard work and this year was no exception.
Congregates feel it is important to be involved with the school, showing the students that they are an important part of the church. Gloria is a fixture at the Fall Festival and can be seen giving out balloons, smiles and hugs. The children love getting the balloons for free and Gloria loves interacting with the kids. Her husband Jim can be found at her side giving assistance as needed. But if he isn't nearby, check out the hay ride where he helps drive the tractor.
The hayride is a favorite of the kids and adults alike. We have had several drivers over the years but this year Erik and Jim split the duties. I don't think the drivers stopped all day. The straw for the hayride, 15 bales of it, was generously donated by Earth First of Kentuckiana, Inc. They have donated straw to our Fall Festival for several years and have been so wonderful in their support. .
Attendees buy wristbands to participate in most of the activities available. Regina was so gracious to take care of the sale of wristbands whichbenefitted & assisted Home & School in providing the games for this event. There were a couple of things not covered by the wristband like face painting and a "jail" benefiting the eighth grade. Sharon and her son Aaron, a graduate of LAA and current college student, could be seen handling the sale of the tickets used to purchase food and drinks.
Among the games provided were Tic-Tac-Toe, Four-in-a-Row, Muffin Pan Pitch, Quack Attack, Bean Bag Toss, Life-Size Operation and Life-Size Angry Birds. The bounce house complete with a slide inside and the inflatable obstacle course were the big hits with the kids. I don't think either activity was empty the whole event judging by the excited squeals and laughter emanating from them.
And finally we come to the food. While the games are provided by Home & School and the wristband sold to participate in them benefit Home& School, the food booths benefit the individual classes and student groups. There were Virgin Pina Colada's, Hot Dogs, Nachos, Walking Tacos, Corndogs, and Fried Pies. Even Home & School got in on the action with Snow Cones.
All in all it was a fun day, with people from all over the Kentuckiana area coming to support LAA. It is a fun day for the students but it would also be a great opportunity for outreach into our surrounding community. To make that happen, we need to create a planning committee now, in October 2015 to start brainstorming for our 2016 Fall Festival. If we gather together people from the other constituent churches, we can expand what is offered and really reach out to the community.
If you are interested in being a part of this out reach, please contact the LAA Office and they can put you in touch with the proper people.