Fall Festival

Do you remember Fall Festivals/Halloween Carnivals at your school?

Every October, the Sharpe Elementary School in Marshall County, Kentucky, held a fall festival and chili supper. The gymnasium floor was decorated and filled with activities which included the Cake Walk, the Doll Walk, the Duck Pond and other booths where prizes could be won.  Some of the classrooms also had activities in them.  The second grade classroom held the Country Store where homemade pies, preserves, canned vegetables and such were sold.  And, after the chili supper, bingo was set up in the cafeteria.   At the end of the festival, a door prize was given away.

Students from the fourth grades were responsible for furnishing cakes for the Cake Walk.  A big round table was built for the cakes and chairs with numbers on them were placed in a big circle around the cake table.  Folks would find themselves an empty chair and pay their dime to play.  Once everyone had paid, they would all get up and start walking in a circle in front of the chairs.  The person overseeing the Cake Walk would yell “stop;” and once everyone sat down, a number was drawn from a bowl and the person sitting in the chair with that number won the cake.

And, each girl in sixth grade was given two dolls to be dressed for the Doll Walk. The Doll Walk worked exactly like the Cake Walk.  When I was in sixth grade, I took my dolls to my Aunt Avis and she made dresses for them.  Aunt Avis was an excellent seamstress and she made several dresses for me too.  But I digress.  So, she made a pretty gingham dress for one of the dolls and made a Sharpe Green Devils cheerleading outfit for the other one.  I tell ya, everybody wanted to win that doll, including me.

A costume contest was held each year; my sister and I were entered a couple of years but never won.  I tell ya, those plastic halloween masks were so hot; we took those things off as soon as we could.   There was also a Fall Festival Queen elected each year.  The candidate who collected the most money won the title.  My little sister was a candidate when she was in first grade; that’s her right in the middle of the picture. And one year, my cousin, Angelyn, was crowned the Fall Festival Queen.

One great thing about the Fall Festival being at the school was that we kids could run around by ourselves because we knew everybody; and if we got lost, someone would help us find our parents.  The Fall Festival was always fun and it was something in which parents and kids alike could participate.

See ya next Wednesday.