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Kiwanis Fall Festival a huge success

November 1, 2017
By ED FRANKS (efranks@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

Sunny skies and a warm fall breeze welcomed hundreds of costumed Pine Island children to the Kiwanis annual Fall Festival at Pine Island Elementary School Friday evening.

"This is our fourth year at Pine Island Elementary School," Pine Island Kiwanis president Tonya Player said, "but it's been going on for more years than I can remember at least 20 years."

A "goody bag" containing candy and treats was handed to every child as they passed through the gate.

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the Pine Island Women of the Moose #1843, appropriately costumed for this special holiday season, hand out candy at the festival.

ED FRANKS

As always, the Matlacha Pine Island Fire Department and Lee County EMS arrived early to hand out treats.

"It's all about keeping the children of Pine Island safe," Fire Chief Ben Mickuleit said. "It's an ideal place for this event. I really love doing things for the community and the kids. It's just a fun thing to do and a great community event."

Local band Strange Arrangement, featuring Warren and Gregory Van Kirk, was on hand for the event. The always entertaining brothers handed out candy and posed for pictures with the children.

"I've been doing this for about 15 years," Player said. "It used to be two separate events, a Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat, but in the last three years we've combined the two. The idea goes way back when we wanted to provide a safe environment for our children to trick or treat in. We do this because everything we do is about the children of Pine Island."

Donations to help the Kiwanis with the event may be dropped off at Capital Bank, Century 21 Realty, Pine Island Public Library or mailed to: the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island Fall Festival, P.O. Box 111, St. James City, FL 33956.

 
 

 

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