ST. GEORGE – Teachers, school district employees, St. George Chamber of Commerce members, sponsors, vendors and families gathered at St. George Town Square Friday and Saturday for the Spooky Town Fair, a fundraiser for the Washington County School District. Attendees joined in for a little Halloween fun and to raise money for the teacher grant program in the district.
The fun-filled weekend offered a little something for everyone, with costume and pumpkin carving contests, hamburger eating contests, vendor booths, food, bounce houses, games, crafts and more.
Spooky Town Fair is an annual fundraiser for the Washington County School District Foundation, which raises funds for the district to help in areas where traditional funding does not reach. The primary focus of the foundation is helping fund the district’s teacher grant program, which enables teachers to apply for a grant and receive money that directly benefits their classroom.
Spooky Town volunteer Daniel “Deep” Emett and his crew of merry maids and men created an elaborate pirate display for the event that featured a large pirate ship, sandbox and a skeleton cave.
Emett participates in several pirate events around the country, particularly California, he said, and likes helping out with the school fundraiser because he knows where the money is going.
“We know the money gets back to the teacher and into the classroom,” Emett said.
One of the most popular booths at the fair, especially among parents, was a stand selling books for all grade levels for $1 a piece and serving the dual purpose of raising funds for the school district and helping to instill a love of reading in children by offering inexpensive access to reading materials.
“This is just a fun thing to do,” Pat McNeese, a volunteer at the book booth, said. “I love to see the kids get excited about reading.”
The two-day festival saw increased community participation over last year’s festival, St. George Chamber of Commerce President Gregg McArthur said. That observation was echoed by volunteers throughout the fair, including McNeese, who participated as a volunteer in the 2013 event, as well.
“We have had a great turnout,” event coordinator Susi Lafaele said. “Perfect weather, perfect weekend.”
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