WTES to hold 6th Annual Fall Festival


FLEMINGTON—If you’re looking for a fun family activity to celebrate fall, then look no further. West Taylor Elementary School will host its annual Fall Festival, Saturday, October 21, from 12:00-4:00 p.m., and is open to the public.

Hayrides, cakewalks, raffle baskets, silent auctions, bounce houses, games, concessions, and face painting are just some of the activities planned. The event has expanded every year to keep the festival fresh.

This year, live bluegrass music from the band Shelby Grass will set the tone, along with kettle corn, and use of the outdoor school pavilion. Other new additions include a video game trailer, a fire-safety house model demonstration, and a Lifeflight helicopter, weather permitting. Also, games will close at 3 p.m. this year, to allow workers a chance to bid on baskets.

One of the main attractions for visitors is the chance to win great prizes, said WTES PTO President Velve Swisher. Fifteen baskets are up for raffle and more than 30 are available for the silent auction.

“This year we have a 55-inch 4K Ultra HD TV, a Fire tablet and case, tickets for the Polar Express train ride in Elkins, a trip to Tennessee to Dollywood and other attractions, a Disney basket with tickets to Disney World, a money tree, and many more,” Swisher said.

Other items up for raffle and silent auction include a movie basket, a kitchen basket, gift certificates, Legos, a WVU basket, sports equipment, a golf basket, a fishing basket, and a family-game-night basket.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the festival or prior to the event by contacting a West Taylor Elementary School family in your area, or by visiting the school between 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5, except the Disney Basket. Tickets for it are $5. You do not need to be present to win a raffled basket.  For more information, contact the school at (304) 842-0490.

“The festival would not be possible without the generosity of the community, and we are so grateful for all the donations from parents, businesses and neighbors,” Swisher said. “Instead of just selling items to raise money, this is a way the community —not just our kids — can enjoy and participate in a fun fall celebration.”

The Fall Festival is the PTO’s biggest fundraiser for the year, and the money is used to send students on field trips and help pay for other school activities such as Memorial Day Parade t-shirts, Brunch with Santa, Family Night, end-of-year Fun Day, 4th-grade graduation, Scholastic News magazine, and other PTO sponsored activities.

West Taylor Elementary is located just off of U.S. Route 50 and Meadland Road, on the western end of Taylor County, a few miles from Bridgeport, Grafton, and Fairmont. Follow the signs.

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