Elementary students, families and others from the Shoals community and beyond will come together for a good time and a good cause on Friday from 3:30–7 p.m. as the Shoals Elementary School PTO hosts the school’s nineteenth annual Fall Folly.
In what has become an established and much anticipated tradition, the courtyard at the rear of the school will be transformed at the end of the school day into a carnival atmosphere with a variety of games, foods and entertainment.
The children’s game, “Candyland,” will serve as this year’s theme, offering organizers a chance to use familiar but creative decorations for games and activities. An assortment of games will be offered for children of all ages, along with face painting and a cake walk.
Game tickets will be available throughout the event and a bracelet will be offered for unlimited play. Food and drinks will also be available during the evening. And, in a new offering, hand-crafted “farm signs” will be available for purchase.
A DJ will be on hand, using lively music to help create a festive atmosphere.
Tickets, at a cost of $2 each or 10 for $15, will be available for the popular $1,000 cash drawing to be held near the end of the event. Participants are not required to be present to win.
“The folly along with our cash drawing is our biggest fundraiser,” noted Shoals Elementary PTO President Kimberly Tucker. “And all the proceeds will go back to the school.”
“We help with the school’s backpack program, the Angel Tree program and we help families that have need,” she explained. “And we help to get technology into our school.”
“We’ve been preparing for this since August,” Tucker continued. “It’s an important night for the school and for the PTO. This is for our entire community and they’ve been really good to support us. We rely on that. All are welcome. We have kids that go to Pilot Mountain Elementary and Westfield Elementary come out with their parents. This is an afternoon and evening of food, fun and games for everyone and all are welcome.”