Letter: Festival and tournament a success

I would like to thank each and every one of you that came out and supported Rappahannock County High School’s first-ever Fall Festival and Cornhole Tournament. This was a major fundraising event — and as a community, you helped raise more than $2,800 toward all of the school’s classes and clubs.

I would also like to thank all of the teachers, especially my eighth-grade class team, and students who came up with unique fundraising events and then spent the whole day at the festival manning them, especially my two go-to girls, Brookelyn Phillips and Amanda Pullen, for all their enthusiasm and help.

As always, such events rely on the kindness of our local businesses (so thank you, Rappahannock News, for all the advertising), and once again, they didn’t disappoint. First of all, I can’t thank Dr. Bob Chappell and the Turkey Ridge String Band enough for not only playing great music but doing it for free. Although Dr. Chappell is our retired school superintendent, he still lives by his motto, “Anything for the children,” by giving generously in so many ways, and now, he and his band can add the gift of music. Their music was a perfect fit for the festival.

Thank you to Lee’s Orchard for the great idea of providing kids with free, make-your-own fall craft kits and an apple apiece, all of it then donated by them, and to Brooke and Renea Athelli for your patience in helping all the little hands make them. Thank you to Roger Jenkins of Jenkin’s Fruit Stand in Sperryville for giving us all the delicious cider to sell, Allen’s BBQ for their mouth-watering barbecue and donation, and all the vendors who believed enough in a first-year event to show up.

It wouldn’t have been a fall festival without pumpkins, so thank you to Muskrat Haven Farm for providing carving pumpkins for sale, and William’s Tree Service for donating the huge pile of mini-pumpkins that were perfect for kids to paint. Thank you to Sherry Hamill-Huff. For as long as I can remember seeing pony rides at local events, there has always been Sherry at the reins. So, when I wanted pony rides, I called her and not only did I get ponies, but her generosity to boot.

Thank you to the three eighth-grade girls, Savannah Keeling, Katie Bailey and Adrianna Bowman, who led all the riders. Thank you to Space Walk of Amissville for the awesome inflatable slide and moon bounce and Union First Market Bank, whose donation helped pay for them.

The Cornhole Tournament was a success with first-place winners Jack Massie and A.J. Palmer taking home $75, and Megan and Mike Early in second place, who then donated their $50 prize back to the eighth grade. Other winners were Josh Racer and Charles Gubler, who won their entry fee back.

Finally, a huge thank you to my family, Mark, Galen and Quinn, who, once again, didn’t flinch when faced with another one of my fundraising ideas. They are always my biggest supporters and I couldn’t do it without them.

The greatest gift I received, though, was looking out over the field and seeing children and adults having a great day! Priceless. Thank you, Rappahannock, for another successful event!

Karen Sanborn
RCHS 8th grade class sponsor

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