Once a year the Island’s young and young-at-heart descend upon the grounds of Anna Maria Elementary School dressed as goblins, wizards, witches, fairies and super heroes to raise money for the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization.
The annual Fall Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 22, and the event kicks off with a costume parade along Gulf Drive. Costumed characters will gather at 10:15 a.m. for judging in the parking lot at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The parade will begin at 10:45 a.m. with the procession leading from the chamber to the school, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Costumes kids gather on the basketball court where winners will be announced. The festivities on campus open at 11 a.m.
Island DJ and AME-parent Chris Grumley will be volunteering his time entertaining throughout the day. Also providing music are the Island Rockers, all students or former students at AME.
The Fall Festival will feature what Islanders have come to love best — namely the haunted house, bake sale and games of chance.
A three-dimensional haunted ship will be moored inside the auditorium. For the first hour the haunted ship will be open with the lights on for younger children to enjoy. When the lights go out at noon, visitors will be given 3D glasses to view the attraction.
Food is another big draw of the festival. AME parent and Sandbar Restaurant manager Joe Rodgers will be heading up the food station with a choice of hot dogs, hamburgers or salad.
A bake sale will take place in the school’s main lobby. Parents donate the homemade goodies that are sold. Those who purchase items at the bake sale will be entered into a drawing to win a chance to create a personal flavor of ice cream at Tyler’s Ice Cream.
New this year will be the fifth-grade pumpkin patch, where pumpkins will be available for sale.
All the festival games will be on the field behind the school. Game tickets will be available in the caboose and students will have the opportunity to win prize tickets at each game booth.
The fall festival winds up at 3 p.m. and all proceeds are used by the PTO to the benefit of the staff and students.
For more information, call the school office, 941-708-5525.