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Kremmling: Elementary school hosts fall carnival

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

The Buckaroo Boosters are pleased to present the Second Annual Fall Carnival and pumpkin patch in conjunction with the teachers and students at West Grand Elementary School 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

The booster club has organized the event and will run the concessions while the teachers and staff of the elementary school run the games and craft booths. Each grade in the school is also helping put the event together. Entrance fee to the carnival is a bag of candy to be used as prizes for the games.

The Carnival features pumpkins to purchase (cost varies according to size) and decorate, games and booths, hay rides, and meals and goodies for sale (including chili, hot dogs, and popcorn). Friday night will also be the first night kids can purchase the popular Spook-o-Grams, which’ll be available up to the Halloween holiday for $1 each or half a dozen for $5.

The entire 5th grade class at West Grand Elementary has been decking the halls for the event and the 5th grade Spirit Committee and their parents, lead by Teacher Kim Bodemann, are putting the haunted house together. This year’s haunted house includes many surprises and a variety of spooky scenes and sounds. Entry is $2 per person. Proceeds help the Spirit Committee pay for the haunted house materials and go back to the school for the kids. “Last year’s haunted house was a huge success,” Bodemann said. And more importantly, “They have fun putting it together.”

Games will be set up throughout the school, in classrooms, the gym, and in the lunchroom; and include a football toss, bowling game, ping-pong ball toss, cake walk, various crafts, sling-shot contest to shoot a cowbell, squirt gun shooting galley, basketball and bean bag toss, and temporary tattoos.

Third-grade teacher Vicki Taussig is helping put on the “Pumpkin Express” hay ride. Her students created signs for the ride and the hay bales were lent by local John “Cowboy” Adams. Those interested may take in the sites of the neighborhood snuggled in the comfort of a golden hay harvest. Rides start out at the school and “tool around town” along several routes, including along the fishing cabins, and sometimes around the high school, and down by Kremmling Country.

“Kids really love it, it’s just fun to drive around at night and see the town in a different perspective,” Taussig said. “We get a lot of adult riders as well.”

The Buckaroo Boosters is an elementary school parent group which formed in 2006 to help promote fun activities for the kids, increase parent involvement and communication, and “support the staff and help to create a warm and welcoming environment at the elementary school for our students, staff, and community.”

“We’d like to have kids have more of a connection with school other than classes, so they have a good feeling about school,” said Jenny Uren, president of the group.

“We were really happy with the turnout last year,” she said, “and we heard the kids had a lot of fun so we wanted to make this an annual thing. It was a lot of fun. At the time, there was no place close by for kids to get pumpkins. We wanted something here to make it fun.”

The Buckaroo Boosters also offer other events throughout the year, including sledding parties, picnics, and regular family game nights.

For more information, to join the group or to volunteer to help, contact Uren at (970) 724-8938. The Buckaroo Boosters meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the West Grand Elementary School.

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