Fingal Independent - - NEWS SPECIAL -

SK­ER­RIES Ed­u­cate To­gether Na­tional School is hold­ing its sec­ond an­nual Pumpkinfest and Craft Fair on Sun­day in the school grounds, from 2pm to 5pm.

It prom­ises to be a fun-filled af­ter­noon, with ac­tiv­i­ties for all the fam­ily, and a craft fair fea­tur­ing a wide range of high qual­ity, lo­cally pro­duced craft­works.

The event is open to the pub­lic, and is the school’s main fundrais­ing event for 2017.

Build­ing on the suc­cess of the in­au­gu­ral Pumpkinfest in 2016, the event will be jam-packed with fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties, from a spooky cake sale to arts and craft ac­tiv­i­ties, face-paint­ing, a wrap-a-mummy con­test, and much, much more.

The or­gan­is­ers will be award­ing prizes for best carved pump­kin, so bring along one you made ear­lier, and for best cos­tume. Browse the beau­ti­ful craft­works in the craft sale, and then have a go at mak­ing your own hand-made Hal­lowe’en art­works, that you can take away and use to get your home Hal­lowe’en-ready.

You can also browse for hid­den trea­sures in the sec­ond-hand book fair and pop-up hand­bag stall; stock up on your Trick or Treat cos­tume in the dress­ing-up stall; en­joy a dance per­for­mance by Fit Kids hip-hop group; get your face painted; or toast marsh-mal­lows and join in the spooky sing-along at the camp-fire.

Then, if you dare, en­ter the spooky story-telling tent, or visit the mad sci­en­tist’s lab­o­ra­tory for some hair-rais­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. Fi­nally join in our wrap-a-mummy con­test, where teams will com­pete to cre­ate the most at­trac­tive mum­mi­fied mammy.

Speak­ing about the plans for the event, Sk­er­ries ETNS Prin­ci­pal, Tomás Hickey said: ;We’re greatly look­ing for­ward to this, the sec­ond Pumpkinfest, af­ter an in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful in­au­gu­ral event last year.

‘Once again, we are de­lighted to in­vite the wider com­mu­nity of Sk­er­ries and sur­round­ing ar­eas to join in the fun. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for the whole school to get to know our neigh­bours; to in­crease our pro­file within the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and to raise funds for vi­tal school equip­ment.

‘I would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to come along to this year’s Pumpkinfest: it’s go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic day out.’

Chil­dren and over 65s en­ter for free; €2 en­try fee per adult.

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