FAIRFIELD — Games, crafts and food spelled fun for families visiting the Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival at the mall, Sunday.
Organized by parents and staff at the Solano Christian Academy, the weekend event outside of Solano Town Center featured activities for adults and children that included pony rides and games such as the toilet seat tissue toss. Some vendors were selling artistic creations and others hawked baked goods and hot dogs.
Fairfield’s Vesta Allen brought her three girls to the festival.
“It’s something nice to do,” although the prices are just too much, she said.
Admission to the event was free, but there were fees for the children’s activities that included Zippy Pets, a motorized ride in a contained area. Proceeds from the festival benefit the academy.
Allen’s daughter, Kiarra, was enjoying herself.
“It’s amazing,” said the 7-year-old who already played in the bounce houses. “. . . I really want to do face-painting and see how it goes.”
Allen’s 11-year-old, Aliyah, said she had fun on the Zippy ride as well as the “jumper.” Her mother approved.
“The kids enjoyed it – that’s what counts,” said Vesta Allen.
The academy’s inaugural Pumpkin Patch and Festival kicked off last weekend. A parent pitched the idea for a fundraiser to the school’s committee.
“I love this school and wanted to do something to help,” said Donna Botro, whose son attends the sixth grade at the academy in Fairfield.
Botro said volunteers at the festival included students from Fairfield, Armijo and Rodriguez high schools as well as the Public Safety Academy.
“They have been a tremendous help,” said Botro. “The students are wonderful.”
Administrator John Reed said proceeds will help the academy purchase textbooks, upgrade the telephone system and fund a new science lab. He said the festival would be worth it, however, if it just broke even.
“It’s all about bringing people together, especially in this community,” he said.
The festival continues from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. next weekend in the parking lot behind J.C. Penney. Discounted activity tickets are available on Groupon.
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