The smell of tasty foods and the hum of conversation echoed off the walls of the Charles Hay World School gymnasium walls during the Oct. 12 Harvest Festival.
A line of adults and children stretched out the door waiting their turn to get into the …
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A line of adults and children stretched out the door waiting their turn to get into the festival. Those in line had the opportunity to buy pumpkins while they waited, and inside the gymnasium, there was a table set up so children could decorate the pumpkins.
Long tables groaned under the weight of pots filled with the tasty recipes cooked up by Hay students. Parents also contributed to the abundance of food by working with children at home to create items like salads and desserts for the festival.
Emmet Steidley, 6, smiled as he talked about how he and his first-grade classmates made apple sauce for the event.
“I helped gather the apples and then I helped chop them up,” he said.
He got to sample the applesauce, smiled and said it really tasted good.
Justin Neu said his daughter Kristin Neu-Barker helped him make a salad for the festival.
“We worked at home. The school asked if we use local produce and we did except we couldn’t find any locally-produced lettuce,” he said. “My daughter is a kindergartner and she had fun helping make the salad. She and her 3-year-old sister Hazel help me chop the lettuce and prepare the other vegetables. It was fun.”
Adults and children filled most available seats as they sampled the food, which included cowboy stew, corn chowder, chili and chicken noodle soup. There were a wide variety of salads available and an abundance of sweet items. They also set up a table of food items for any visitors who had food allergies. The event was a fundraiser for the Hay Parent Teacher Organization. The event raised $1,400 last year and the money was used to fund events and projects not included in activities funded in the school budget.
There was a short break about halfway through the evening as most of the crowd gathered around for the entertainment as the young members of the Hay chorus sang for them.
Maria Sanchez said she and her daughter had fun at the festival.
“My friend told me about the festival and my daughter will be going to school here next year so we decided to check it out,” she said. “Everyone was so friendly and the food was delicious. My daughter Lilli had a great time and she got to decorate her first Halloween pumpkin. This is such a great event, I am glad we came and I look forward to having my daughter in school here next year.”
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