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Fall Festival means fun for everyone

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By Ada Lang

Cedar Key School was the scene of the annual Fall Festival on Friday and while nobody can remember exactly when it first started, the best guess is that the event is at least 30 years old.

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It's also a successful event as approximately $3,000 was raised to help pay for field trips and school supplies that are not funded by the county or state.

Some of the activities included face painting, an archery contest, a cake walk, the ever popular pie toss, handprint art and “train” rides - among other things. Burgers, smoked and fried mullet, and sweets galore were consumed by the hungry fun-seekers.

By far, the biggest crowd was gathered around the dunk tank. A good natured, but very cold and wet, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin endured dunk after dunk. Even art teacher Debbie Manansala took a chance and braved the cold water.

James McCain drove a golf cart that pulled a “train” filled with a dozen or so ecstatic children. The flashing light and siren added to the excitement and his granddaughter, Annie, rode shotgun. James built it about 6 years ago from old plastic barrels and it has been a highlight of the festival ever since.

Even four-legged visitors enjoyed them- selves. Whiskers, a young cat owned by 10- year-old MacKenzie Kirkbride, could not stay away. They live near the school and Whiskers, was not shy about the crowds or being petted by strangers. But, most likely, she was just hoping to get a bite of that great smoked mullet.