As the fall season begins, McNick’s Ecology Club is getting into the spirit with a Fall Festival. Open to the community, the event will be hosted near the school’s community garden on Oct. 26 from 5 p.m. to dark. Participants are asked to bring a $1 donation to enter and a pumpkin if they’d like to paint. Snacks and activities are included.
“Now that we’ve gotten our garden running, our goal is to bring the whole community in,” Eco Club moderator and science teacher Lauren Wulker said. “The truth is that we could never have brought the garden to life without outside help from organizations like the Civic Garden Center and the Sisters of St. Joseph. Now, we want to thank them and celebrate what we’ve accomplished with the community.”
To attract people of all ages and interests, the festival will host a variety of fall-themed activities. Events featured throughout the evening include live music, face painting, potato sack races, piñatas, pumpkin painting, and a cookout. For guests 14 and older, there will be a pumpkin carving competition held at 6 p.m. There will also be a chocolate “mud” pie-eating competition at 7 p.m., and a bonfire with s’mores beginning around 7:30 p.m. For all the competitions, students have the chance to win festive prizes and treats.
“There really will be something for everyone,” Wulker said. “I encourage students to bring family, friends from other schools, and anyone else who is interested.”