Hamilton K-8 Fall Festival delights residents

Gift baskets created by Hamilton K-8 parents, teachers and local businesses were available in a raffle during the Saturday, Oct. 21, annual Fall Festival on the school grounds at 57550 Mitchell Road in Anza. Tony Ault photo

Hundreds of excited Anza Valley children and their parents gathered to celebrate the annual Hamilton K-8 School’s Fall Festival on the school grounds offering food, games, vendors and entertainment for the entire family Saturday, Oct. 21.

The festival’s new location between the classrooms protected the visitors from the wind making the event even more fun. There were gift baskets, created by parents and local businesses raffled off along with brightly painted pumpkins made by the students and teachers of each class. The fall school event is sponsored annually by the Hamilton K-8 Parent Techer’s Association and local businesses including the Anza Electric Cooperative.

The Hamilton K-8 band, led by music teacher Lovina Botts, played well entertaining the festival goers. Kim Thompson’s “Anza Kids” dance class put on an unforgettable appearance bringing claps and applause.

The children, who received tickets as they arrived to enjoy a multitude of fun games and other treats from community groups and students. The games included the water balloon toss, dart board toss, corn smash, washer toss, disc grab, bean bag toss, hoop shoot and even a cow roping event.

When not participating in the games the children enjoyed having their faces painted, jumping into the bounce houses, eating cotton candy, munching popcorn and browsing through some Halloween costumes being sold to benefit the Hamilton High School students.

The parents enjoyed some barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs cooked to benefit the Hamilton K-8 Associated Student Body activities while others tasted tacos and spicy salsa.

Hamilton K-8 Principal Carol Robilotta said the event was moved from the playing field this year to make it easier to set up for those attending and saving the teachers valuable classroom time. “It is really great,” she said.

The setup is very “labor intensive and this helps bring everything together,” Robilotta said. She was very pleased with the change that helped protect the visitors from the Santa Ana winds and provided shade.

She noted that the annual Fall Festival has benefited the school Saturday School attendance since the students were given the day off and free tickets for them and the adults to enjoy the fun and games for the event. “It has really helped,” she said.

The principal and teachers enjoyed the festival as much as the students having an opportunity to make informal visits with the parents and making the rounds to the vendors with their special merchandise for sale.

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