NORTH SALEM, N.Y. The Pequenakonck School s first outdoor Harvest Festival kicked off with a gala parade around the school, led by Library Media Specialist Noel MacCarry and his yellow lab, Yuri. MacCarry was disguised as the Cat in the Hat. Yuri was dressed as himself.
It was the first time weve done it outdoors, said Kristen Connolly of the Parent Teachers Organization (PTO). The kids had fun and so did the adults. Mary Anne DAmato added, It was a huge success. This is a big thank you to everyone from the PTO executive board.
Local vendors included The Country Farmer and Lola Granola. Representatives of the Hardscrabble Club gave tennis demonstrations. Frozen Ropes Training Center was there too. Also, the Croton Falls Fire Department and North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps were on hand to entertain and educate.
Face-painting, hair feather extensions and the traditional fifth grade bake sale kept people buzzing around as D.J. Johnny O provided the rhythms and beats.
It was nice to have all the vendors there, said DAmato. The grownups could shop while the kids had carnival games.
One of the biggest hits was the Eyeball Ping Pong Game, in which contestants toss ping pong balls into little buckets. Winners received live goldfish.
DAmato was bringing home seven goldfish and wondered aloud, How long will they live?
Kristen Connolly advised, I had one that lasted five years.
DAmato responded with silence.
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