Valdosta Daily Times

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October 31, 2009

Fun found at festive fall frolics

Library, St. John Catholic School host two events open to public

VALDOSTA — Games, bounce houses and hundreds of tiny and adult revelers alike experienced the fun of fall festivals this weekend.

The Valdosta area boasted countless fall festivals Saturday, with the St. John School Fall Festival and the Valdosta-Lowndes County Library Fall Carnival being two events open to the public.

Held at the St. John Catholic School, the annual fall festival has been an institution in the area adults that attend the function as children are now bringing their kids.

The eighth grade class hosted the haunted house, as they do every year, while two sororities from Valdosta State University helped run some of the other activities.

Kathleen Clark, co-chair of the event with Amy Signor, said the event is a fund-raiser for the school.

Last year’s fall festival raised thousands of dollars and helped purchase computers, she said.

Concessions were provided either free or for half-price by area restaurants and the drinks were provided by Pepsi Co.

The Valdosta State University basketball team hosted the free-throw contest and bounce houses abounded at the festival held on the school’s campus.

The fall carnival at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Regional Library was easy to spot as a giant draft horse and wagon stood out front giving free rides.

All the events at the fall carnival were free, said Halley Little, community relations and development coordinator.

The turnout for the event was far larger than last year’s and, due to the number of events taking place around the city, Little said, the turnout was “tremendous.”

The festival had a carnival theme with a milk jug toss and other activities.

The Society for Creative Anachronism held medieval sword fighting demonstrations and hosted the game “Rescue the Damsel in Distress.”

On Friday night, the festival hosted a haunted house and All Hallow’s Even, ball which brought 77 people to the library, Little said.

The goal of the events is to get people to the library who may not regularly come, she said.

For the adults, The Humane Society was hosting pet adoption and author Jim Miles discussed his book “Weird Georgia.”

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