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75 youth attend fall fest

Church event offered as alternative to Halloween

Posted: November 8, 2008 8:08 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Dunking for apples was one of the most popular games at the Fall Festival sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church in Newhall. The kids who successfully grabbed the apple did so by wedging the apple against the side of the tub.

Tree leaves have changed colors and fallen to the ground, but fall did not officially start until the fall festival at First Presbyterian Church in Newhall.

This year the festival started Oct. 25, and ended with each child taking home a bag full of candy and a lot of fun memories. More than 75 costumed children dressed like monsters, villains, heroes and princesses roamed the church’s big grassy backyard, which was covered with games, signs, and balloons.

If anyone caused trouble, the festival sheriff and her sidekick locked up the felon until his fine was paid.
The annual fall festival started as a way to give church members and community kids a safe and fun alternative to Halloween, but it has grown into a fun-filled costume and game party.

During the festival, the kids played different games, including dunking for apples, dunking a golf ball, catching a prize fish, and dunking the minister in the dunk pool. The most popular game was the cake walk because the prize was a plate full of cookies or cupcakes.

Dunking Reverend Bill Barnes was especially appealing for the kids. The festival closed with a trunk-or-treat game. Church members, playing Pinocchio, a princess or a witch, dressed up the trunks of their cars and gave out treats to the kids. Plans for next year’s festival are already in progress.


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