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Pumpkin painters at a previous Fall Fun Fest. Courtesy photo.




Fall Fun Fest

Where: Presentation of Mary Academy, 182 Lowell Road, Hudson 
When: Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Cost: Free admission; activities vary in cost
Visit: pmaschool.org




Fun for (f)all
Festival features activities for all ages

09/17/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Bring the family for a fall celebration at the Presentation of Mary Academy’s 20th Annual Fall Fun Fest on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fest features numerous activities and crafts for all ages, plus a penny sale, food, entertainment and more.

“It brings the community together,” said Chris Thompson, parent group chair. “We have thousands of people who come in and out. … Whether you go to the school or not, it’s just a fun, friendly and affordable [event] for families.”
One of the most popular parts of the festival, Thompson said, is the penny sale and raffles. The penny sale will have over 250 items to win, including gift cards, kids’ toys and more. There will be various themed basket raffles for $1 per ticket or 25 for $20, as well as cash raffles of $500, $250 and $100 for $1 per ticket or $6 for five.  
Some activities new this year include a large photo booth with fun props and outdoor laser tag (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.). Younger kids will enjoy the Sister’s Fish Pond, where they can use a fishing pole to catch a goodie bag. There will be inflatables for all ages, face painting, a petting zoo and a touch-a-truck area with a fire truck, S.W.A.T. vehicle, ambulance, garbage truck and others. If you’re looking to get artsy, there will be pumpkin painting with acrylic paint pens and glitter glue as well as tie dying shirts, bucket hats and tote bags.
Entertainment will be provided by a DJ and ventriloquist Al Getler. You can also watch the kids’ soccer tournaments on the new sports field from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For lunch, there will be hamburgers and hot dogs from the grill, sausages with peppers and onions, chicken teriyaki, classic fair foods like nachos and cotton candy, homemade apple crisp and a bake sale with other homemade treats.
Thompson said the main attraction each year is the dunk tank where, if the fundraising goal is met, kids can throw balls to try to dunk the water-wary school principal Sister Maria Rosa (2:30 p.m.)
“She does not like getting into water at all; she hates it,” Thompson said. “But for the past two years, they’ve gotten her in there, and that draws a huge crowd.” 





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