Middle school’s PTO hosts fall festival, draws crowd
by Hawkins Teague
Nov 01, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As Trigg County Middle School held its annual Fall Festival Thursday night, plenty of students and parents squeezed their way through the congested hallways for games, refreshments and a general good time.

Principal James Mangels said he was pleased with the turnout and said the event was a success.

“It’s great to see families of our students enjoying themselves,” he said.

Lisa Calhoun, a teacher at the school, said she was helping out the turkey toss game and selling glow-in-the-dark bracelets. She said she had particularly enjoyed seeing kids’ reactions to the haunted house, which was in one of the science classrooms.

“It’s too bad you can’t put audio in the [Cadiz] Record,” she said laughing. “You could quote the kids saying, ‘Eek!’ and ‘Aak!’ and ‘Ooh!’”

The line to the haunted house remained fairly steady throughout the evening. Upon stepping out at the end, one student, Alyssa Stallons, said she thought the haunted house was probably more funny than scary. That didn’t seem to deter anyone from continuing to line up, though.

Most of the activities took place in the gym. There was the turkey toss and the “pumpkin patch pitch.” Eighth grade student Elizabeth Torin made the rounds selling the school’s newspaper, the Midcat Pit Stop, for a quarter. In the corner, Tonya Allen of the hair salon Just Your Style, spray-painted kids’ hair. Her second grade son, Will, was one of the ones to sit down and change his appearance.

“[I did it] just because it’s fun,” he said. “It felt like water on my head; it felt weird.”

The Kentucky National Guard took up the most room in the gym with a giant inflatable obstacle course. Next to that, the archery booster club had a booth where kids could shoot at animal decoys. Volunteer coaches J. R. Sizemore and Teresa Russell said they were helping with the booth because they both had kids in the program. Sizemore said the booth was a good opportunity to expose younger kids to the archery club. Three archery club members, Kenny Gipson, Lindsey Darnall and Graham Cofield, helped show the children how to aim and shoot.

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