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elementary school fall festival

16 years 2 months ago #117425 by C. Brooks
Replied by C. Brooks on topic elementary school fall festival
Last year we had a haunted house for the first time since I've been around. It was non-stop. We finally had to send kids away so we could go home, they had already been through it several times.

This year I think the fall festival committee is going to do a well needed over haul. One mom is planning a Harry Potter room or Wizard room with different activities.

Last year since we didn't have art during that semester we ordered crafts for every child to make for the craft booth. This was highly successful with teachers and students. We chose simple crafts and volunteers went around helping each class. This year I think they are going to set up a craft table so the kids can sit and make the crafts at the festival.

Our king and queen/prince and princess contest is at least 30 years old we net around 10k from it. It is the backbone of our PTO funds.

www.schoolcarnivals.com has an alphabetical list of games. Also www.ideazone.com and www.pastor2youth.com have good ideas too.
16 years 2 months ago #117426 by pottsvillemom
A Pickle Walk is simply a cake walk where we give away pickles. Until last year, we had a local pickle plant that donated and last year we had a family step in and donate the pickles. When we got them from the pickle plant they were already individually packaged. The family used one of those vacumm sealers and sealed them. We give out about 300 pickles.

We have always shied away from a cake walk. Some people are very leery of who might have baked a cake. We do have a cookie walk, but all the cookies are donated by a couple of local restuarants.
16 years 2 months ago #117427 by pottsvillemom
C. Brooks!!! I am so glad to hear of another school who has a king and queen contest. We net about $13K from ours. People can not believe how sucessful it makes our carnival. Our whole carnival (king & queen, spaghetti supper, silent auction, carnival) netted us $20K. It is the only fundraiser we have.
16 years 2 months ago #117428 by LUVMYKIDS
The parents who constructed the Plinko board got the instructions off the internet. they said it wasn't hard just time consuming because you have to insert all these little pegs.

As for our cake walk-we don't have parents bake the cakes. We use a local grocery store bakery. they make these small 8" single layer cakes that are decorated beautifully and packaged in containers. They sell them to us at $3.00 each and we simply send an order form home and parents donate as many cakes as they would like. We also make up labels with the donors names(the kids) and put them on the cakes. When a child wins he can look for a cake with his name on it if he wants.

Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.
16 years 2 months ago #117429 by MomB
Replied by MomB on topic elementary school fall festival
I'm curious about the King/Queen, Prince/Princess contest at festivals. Can you tell me about it? What is involved? How do you charge?? etc. etc. I've not heard of it before.

Thanks!
16 years 2 months ago #117430 by SKoonce
Replied by SKoonce on topic elementary school fall festival
We have a Plinko game at our carnival and it was homemade. All we had was a wooden box with nails in it. We painted colorful blocks on it and at the bottom were certain colors. Whatever color you landed in determined the prize won. We used a ping-pong ball as the ball.
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