Indian Peaks celebrates Autumn with Fall Fest |

Indian Peaks celebrates Autumn with Fall Fest

Middle School teacher Zach Ducharme sits with Russo the Fortune Telling Dog. Ducharme is the middle school teacher at Indian Peaks. He and his friendly pooch Russo were one of several “game” stations available to those who attended the Indian Peaks Fall Fest event last week.
Lance Maggart / Sky-Hi News |

Indian Peaks Charter School held their annual Fall Fest event on Thursday Nov. 3 at Mountain Parks Electric in Granby.

The event featured fun fall games for youngsters and adults, a silent auction with items to bid on and a chili cook-off competition featuring both red and green chili selections. The Indian Peaks Fall Fest was well attended with somewhere around 150 to 200 guests showing up to enjoy the fun.

“There was a huge turnout,” said Indian Peaks Director Allison Beauvais. “Our turnout was much bigger than years past.” Beauvais said she believed holding the Fall Fest at Mountain Parks Electric was a significant factor in the increased attendance.

The Fall Fest Chili Cook-Off was a highlight of the evening featuring 13 chili entrants with seven red chili and six green chili submissions. Those attending the Fall Fest were able to sample each of the different chilies and vote for their favored batch. Taking first place in the red chili division was Sara Strab, followed by Allison Beauvais and Adia Stauffer coming in third. Adria Stauffer took first place in the green chili division though with Indian Peaks teacher Zach Ducharme submitting the second place entry and couple Steve & Sara who coming in third.

The event served as both a community get-together as well as a fundraising opportunity for Indian Peaks. Through the sale of tickets for games, sales of chili and the silent auction the school held event organizers were able to raise $1,900. The funds raised last week during Fall Fest will be applied directly to the school’s fundraising goal for the year, of $10,000.

“It was a very successful event,” Beauvais said. “We raised three-times as much as we have raised in past years.” Beauvais thanked all those who came together to make Indian Peak’s Fall Fest event happen including Mountain Parks Electric for the use of their facility, Indian Peaks staff members and parents from the school’s PTO: Melissa Zeleznikar, Adria Stauffer, Tammy and Jeff Bailey, Addie Buhrow and Kristine Parmenter.

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