Straw­berry Fes­ti­val brings com­mu­nity to­gether

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By BRIANNA SHEA

PER­RYVILLE

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— Fam­ily fun, live mu­sic, beau­ti­ful weather – and, of course, straw­ber­ries – helped draw a crowd to Good Shepherd Catholic School’s Straw­berry Fes­ti­val on Satur­day.

“It’s the per­fect weather for a milk­shake,” said Kris­tine Orem, a sec­ond-grade teacher with GSCS, who at­tended with her 2-yearold daugh­ter, Ada­lynn.

Orem said she, and now Ada­lynn, look for­ward to the event each year. This year, they took in the day with a straw­berry milk­shake – Orem liked that it was made with fresh straw­ber­ries while Ada­lynn liked dig­ging into the whip cream on top.

“Oh my gosh, it’s de­li­cious,” Orem said of the cold treat.

Eleven-year-old Al­lena Crabbe, who had her own straw­berry milk­shake, agreed. “It’s hon­estly re­ally good,” Crabbe said. While the fes­ti­val of­fers many dif­fer­ent food choices, some have a dif­fi­cult time choos­ing be­tween the straw­berry milk­shake and straw­berry short­cake.

“That’s a tough one – straw­berry short­cake or the straw­berry milk­shake?” won­dered Sharon Hodges, prin­ci­pal of GSCS school. She said they are both de­li­cious, mak­ing it a hard de­ci­sion.

How­ever, it’s all in the name of fam­ily fun and a good cause. Good Shepherd Par­ish mem­bers, GSCS stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers at­tended the event. Prof­its from the fundraiser go to­ward the school and its op­er­at­ing costs, Hodges said.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing,” Hodges said. “The chil­dren are able to run and play.”

She said the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee, made up of par­ents whose chil­dren at­tend the school, plan the event, and ask other par­ents to vol­un­teer. Chil­dren also helped with set­ting up the sta­tions and blow­ing up bal­loons be­fore the event, she said.

On Satur­day, vol­un­teers were be­hind those de­li­cious straw­berry milk­shakes.

“We’re a team,” said Gerri Traub, a teacher with Good Shepherd Catholic School her­self. She and and Dara Mont­gomery, a par­ent vol­un­teer, were mak­ing straw­berry milk­shakes on Satur­day. “We got it down to a science.”

Jen­nifer We­hde brought her 7-year-old daugh­ter, Emma We­hde, who en­joyed the face paint­ing sta­tion. Emma chose a but­ter­fly de­sign. “I love but­ter­flies,” she said. Fa­ther Jay McKee, pas­tor with the Good Shepherd Par­ish, said his fa­vorite part of the fes­ti­val is in­ter­act­ing with peo­ple.

“Be­ing with the peo­ple, see­ing the kids have fun,” said McKee.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRIANNA SHEA

Kris­tine Orem, a teacher at Good Shepherd Catholic School, and her daugh­ter, Ada­lynn, 2, en­joy a straw­berry milk­shake.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRIANNA SHEA

Gerri Traub, a teacher with Good Shepherd Catholic School, and Dara Mont­gomery, a par­ent vol­un­teer, make straw­berry milk­shakes dur­ing the school’s Straw­berry Fes­ti­val.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRIANNA SHEA

Joseph Cristo ped­dles to spin the drum for Car­son Pow­ers, who is dropping the paint into the drum, at the Spin Art sta­tion.

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