Falling for the Fun Fair

Lower school students enjoying the cotton candy concessions at this year’s Fun Fair. (Photo by Elizabeth Haus)
Lower school students enjoying the cotton candy concessions at this year’s Fun Fair.
(Photo by Elizabeth Haus)

The Fall Fun Fair started many new traditions this year.

This well-loved Fair consists of fun carnival games, prizes and concessions.

Stacey Brown, Chair of the Fall Fun Fair, said, “lot[s] of favorites [are] returning: Cake Walk, Photo Booth, Crazy Hair, Sports Pavilion and much more. We are adding some new items to the concession offerings, fresh made mini-donuts and handmade ice cream.”

This year, an estimated 200-plus students attended this fair. In order to support this many attending students, over 175 volunteers both student and adult, need to supervise booths, monitor concessions and sell tickets. Overall, student purchased around 13,000 tickets. All proceeds went towards the Family Service Projects.

Brown stated, “there are many roles that make the Fun Fair a success: volunteer lead, marketing, concessions, running individual events/booths (cake walk, raffle), all of the volunteers for the day of the event, donations (prizes, food, cakes) and many more!”

What do students find so fun about the fair?

“Candy,” Ana Palomarez ‘17 said. “Everyone loves candy. They also love Lenny the Lion if he makes an appearance.”

Volunteering held many perks this year. For example, all volunteers received six tickets; enough tickets for a slice of pizza, a drink, and one of the games. Also, volunteers could make sure that the whole fair runs smoothly and that the tradition can be passed down to many generations to come. Palomarez stated, “it’s just good to know that you are helping Providence out.”

“It is important to give back to our community and it can also be fun if you like kids,” Palomarez said. “Providence gives so much to me, the least I can do is give a few hours of my time to them.”

The Fall Fun Fair would not be complete without the booths, which need to be supervised by volunteers. The volunteers, whether from the Upper School or Lower School, needed to be able to explain the rules of the game, monitor the tickets, and of course, manage the scores of students who attended the fair.

Many people crowded the most popular games at this year’s fair. Some of the old favorite games returned, such as candy guess, photo booth, pumpkin and cookie decorating, crazy hair, the raffle, and of course, the inflatables.

Students attending the Fall Fun Fair also enjoy the concessions. This year, some new concessions joined the menu, such as ice cream topped with caramel and M&Ms and mini donuts. The concessions stand also included the old favorite food and beverages, like juice boxes and water, popcorn, pizza, pretzels, cotton candy and cookies.

Overall, many students and volunteers had a great time at this year’s Fall Fun Fair.