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Salmon River Fall Fest


Mrs. Danielle French, FFA advisor, showing children “Dillon” the horse.

Last Thursday was a perfect fall day with a blue sunny sky, mild temperature and a hint of a warm breeze that held the musty smell of fallen leaves . It was a fitting stage for a Fall Fest as the Salmon River school community was treated to a day of treats, hay rides, animals, cider and getting out of class for a while.

This year was the 33rd annual Fall Fest at Salmon River Central School. It was first launched by a former Agriculture and Future Farmers of America Advisor, Bruce Bonesteel, and his students. It was originally started to give his students a hands on business/marketing experience. “The students were in charge of signing up for committees they would need to run their booth for the day. If preparation was needed, they had to do things like wash potatoes for the French fries, get hay bales and a wagon, fuel up the tractor for the hayride, figure out pens for the petting zoo, order apples and jugs, and prepare the cider press,” explained the current FFA advisor, Danielle French. “About 15 years ago there began a decline in membership of students in the agriculture program, we started asking other clubs to get involved and sponsor a booth for a day. It has turned out to be a win-win situation. The FFA is still able to host a Fall Fest at Salmon River and other clubs/organizations/sports teams are able to raise funds for their cause. Without the support of the other clubs, we would not be able to offer the variety of booths,” continued French.

Krissy White with the Agriculture Department’s pet rabbit.

Keeping with tradition, this year’s Fall Fest included a little petting zoo with calves, a pig, rabbits, chickens, ducks and a horse. The cider press and the 21st Century Agriculture and Science students were busy making 110 gallons of fresh apple cider, which was quickly sold out. Hayrides were given around the school and the gym had a carnival feel as the different clubs sold items like pencils, cotton candy, chocolate bars, cookies, cupcakes, whoopee pies, candy apples, popcorn and homemade dog treats. The Mohawk club made and sold Indian Tacos. The French Club provided crepes while the Spanish Club prepared quesadillas.

There were also activities like face painting, a coloring table and pin the nose on the pumpkin. The Robotics team demonstrated a robot that was programmed to shoot basketballs through the basketball net. A popular game was throwing a wet sponge at a brave face sticking out of a hole.

Community members were welcome to come to the Fall Fest and there were many parents who did take part in the activities with their children. “I fully support the members decision each year to host Fall Fest. I hope it is a tradition they are able to carry out for at least another 33 years,” commented French who is also a former FFA member.


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