21st Annual Fall Festival Brings Autumnal Excitement For Kids With Rides, Crafts, Food, and More
East Rockaway, NY October 21st, 2017 – Rolling River Day Camp hosted its 21st Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 21. The campgrounds were bustling with energy as over 1,800 attendees gathered for a fun fall day with unseasonably warm weather.
Attendees were encouraged to explore the entirety of the campgrounds, which hosted a variety of family-friendly activities. At the Arts & Crafts Center, kids customized fall tree designs or decorated marshmallow ghosts. At the “Kids Zone”, attendees participated in gymnastics, bikes and trikes or tried out their best football toss with former NFL quarterback Jay Fiedler from Brookwood Sports Camps. One of the sponsors even had a table where children could draw and make their own macaroni bracelets.
On the Main Stage, displays such as yoga, dance routines, and baton twirling carried on through the duration of the event. To reinforce a sense of community support, all of the entertainment, as well as vendors selling stylish accessories and comfortable leggings and pajamas, were run by local businesses.
The festival’s main attraction was the “Ride Zone”, where families could view happy faces from atop pony rides, as well as groups of jumping children in one of the many bounce houses. The face painting station was busy with lines of eagerly awaiting boys and girls, who left with colorful designs and Halloween themed masterpieces.
The event also included a BBQ cookout for all of their attendees, serving hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cake, pizza, and snacks. Many kids were seen munching on their treats and hurrying back to the excitement, repeating with their camp friends over and over again that, “It’s always fun here!”
The event, sponsored by “Local Luxuries” and “Macaroni Kid RVC-Oceanside-Long Beach”, served as the camp’s annual fundraiser for their Campmates Scholarship Program, which sends local kids nominated by New Horizons Counseling Center (NHCC), to camp for no cost to the families. This year’s record ticket and concession sales helped raise thousands of dollars towards scholarships for summer 2018.