TO THE EDITOR: Cumberland Head Elementary School PTO held its first fall festival, Eaglepalooza, on Oct. 13.
The idea was conceived in the spring, but the festival was put together from start to finish in only four and a half weeks. This could not have happened without the time and effort of many individuals and the generous support of local businesses.
We would like to thank Sam and Mary Dyer of Shield’s Vegetable Stand for pumpkins; Chazy Orchards and Everett’s Orchards for apples; Cumberland Bay Market and Price Chopper for water; Castine family for hay, tractor and wagon; Simon Conroy for hay; Bubbin’s farm for their Gator; Dunkin’ Donuts for bouncy house, coffee and munchkins; Plattsburgh Distributing for signs; Larry Ebere for bouncy house; Taylor Rental for last-minute arrangement for an extra bouncy house; Press-Republican for the nice article; Cumberland Head Fire Department for fire trucks and use of their sign; Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and Deputy Hilliker for free children’s safety IDs; children’s entertainer and lead singer of PartyWolf Ashley Kollar for interactive musical entertainment; and the many parents, faculty, staff and community members who volunteered.
Lastly, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to Ernie Garrand, who made the difficult decision to cancel the pony rides. The ponies were under the weather and had to be seen by a veterinarian that morning. Although some were disappointed, we are grateful that he did not risk the health of our children by bringing sick animals to the event. The ponies are feeling better, and we look forward having them at a future event.
We were pleased with the turnout and the joy we saw on the children’s faces. Already, we are looking forward to the second-annual Eaglepalooza.