The Michigan Avenue School PTO, along with the school's faculty and staff, is bringing back its old-fashioned fall festival.
For years, the MAS fall festival was a highlight of the school social calendar. However, when a tornado hit the school April 27, 2011, it destroyed the roof of the gym, as well as the fall festival games. The games had been housed under the gym in a storage area.
“Every year we would have parents and alumni ask if we were going to hold a fall festival, and this year we are making it happen with a lot of teacher and community support," said PTO President Becca Brnik. "We have truly asked around for carnival games, have teachers and PTO members making games, getting sponsorships for activities and truly making something fun from nothing."
The festival will be Friday, Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the Michigan Avenue Elementary School campus.
Family drop-off zones will be set up off of Benton Pike and Michigan Avenue School Road. Free parking will be available at Michigan Avenue Baptist Church and the Whirlpool parking lot off Michigan Avenue Road. A free shuttle service will be provided by the Boys and Girls Club.
The festival will include all the typical carnival-type games, fair hair, face painting, inflatable zone, boxing ring, cake walk, fortune teller, cookie decorating, disco room, haunted classroom, BINGO for Books, pumpkin games, tractor rides, Star Wars characters, Princess Belle, and a MASH Tent.
Parents can purchase their child a $5 punch card with each activity being between 1-4 punches, explained external VP Amy Eubanks.
Additionally, there will be a MAS Marketplace with several vendors’ goods and services will be sold. Children are welcome to dress in non-scary costumes and be a part of the grade-level costume contest.
The Men of Michigan Avenue School are sponsoring a Chili Cook-Off Contest where attendees can purchase tasting cups of each chili and be given a voting ballot for their favorite recipe. The cafeteria will sell its famous chili with chips and old school pizza, with a teacher’s husband, Jodi Morgan, making BBQ plates. Additionally, the PTO will have caramel apple slices, cotton candy and popcorn for sale, along with hot chocolate and additional goodies.
"This is the fall fundraiser for the MAS PTO, and we invite the entire Cleveland community," said PTO Treasurer Maria Kemp. "It is our goal to make $8,000 during this event, so come ready to have a great time and support the Michigan Avenue School."
There will even be a classroom pumpkin decoration contest where each class’ pumpkin will be on display and community members will be encouraged to vote with their spare change.
The event will take place rain or shine. Organizers are hoping for a beautiful fall day and have set up the event to take place in several places on campus: inside, in front of the school and around the track behind the school.