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Lincroft School Fall Festival 1
Nov 30, 2018

Lincroft School Fall Festival Marks 21st Annual Event

By Les Pierce

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The Lincroft School Fall Festival is the first major social event of the school year for Lincroft Elementary students, a major source of fun – and the first Lincroft PTA fundraiser of the season. For local families, it also serves as the official introduction to autumn.

This year’s rendition, held on Oct. 7, marked the 21st annual event. The grounds behind the school served as the venue for the first time.

Crafts continue to be a preferred activity. Pumpkin painting has endured as a favorite since the very first festival. Veteran attendees make this their first stop, so the pumpkins can dry while youngsters move on to other action. Sandy Candy tubes and Popcorn Hands were also popular crafts.

There were several skill-challenging games to choose from, including Pumpkin Bowling, Corn Hole, Ring Toss, Tic Tac Toe Toss, and Milk Bottle Blast. There were also two inflatables on the grounds, a 40-foot obstacle course, and a 5-in-1 Sports Station.

Lincroft School Fall Festival 1If all those activities caused some exhaustion, there were options to sit and relax while posing for a caricature artist or enjoying a face painting session.

The scarecrow decorating contest – first introduced last year – returned this year and attracted 14 entries. The Maggiore family took first place, the Gavric family second place, and third went to the combined effort of the Cloke and Brzyski families. All winners received prize baskets.

Alexis Scaff, a co-teacher at Lincroft School, brought some of her animals and set up a petting zoo and pony rides. Rabbits were added to the zoo by members of the local 4-H club. The Lincroft Fire Company gave out fire hats to the kids and explained fire truck features.

Several sponsors helped make the event a success. Aleo Italian Specialties donated sausage and peppers; Luigi’s donated meatballs. ABC Bagels of Lincroft donated bagels, and realtor Susan Hechman donated turkey subs from Joyce’s. Appraisal Links sponsored the two inflatables.

Muscarella Lending Team at Advisors Mortgage sponsored the photo booth, Molzon’s Nursery donated pumpkins for painting and hay bales, and Goldy’s Ice Cream Truck donated a portion of their proceeds. Capelli Farms gave a baby gourd to every child who visited their stand. US Blackbelt of Lincroft and Elite Martial Arts of Colts Neck provided free mini lessons.

The Fall Festival committee was co-chaired by Heather McGrath, Holly Rohlf, Jessica Steedle, Gail Pellicone, Melissa Russo and Lincroft School Fall Festival 1Karen Pisani of the Lincroft PTA.

Rohlf noted that although “it was a tough decision to move the event after so many years of Molzon’s graciously hosting us on their property, we decided to try something new and bring the event to our own home turf.”

“The feedback was overwhelmingly positive from parents,” she said, “who felt the location change brought a great sense of safety. Parents were able to talk to other parents and visit with our many vendors on site while their children enjoyed the festivities in the safety of our own backyard.”

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