Pumpkins, popcorn and face painting

Fun was the order of the evening at Matoaca Elementary School’s Fall Festival last week.

Along with class-decorated pumpkins, music and face painting, students and parents were able to enjoy a book fair in the library and a silent auction on gift baskets.

Kim Pulley, a member of the Parent-Teacher Association, said the evening would also include the pumpkin lighting. The event is organized by the PTA, said Pulley, who has a student in third grade at the school.

“It’s awesome,” she said of the turnout. “You go around the corner to the book fair, that’s packed, too.”

“It’s just really a wonderful event for the families,” Principal Gloria Cooper said.

Karen Henderson, president of the PTA, said the bidding on the baskets was going phenomenally. The baskets were assembled with items parents sent in, she said, and the money will benefit the school.

Matoaca Middle School student Jessica Lampman, 12, said she helped her sister’s class design its pumpkin, which looked like a tree. Both Jessica and her friend, Courtney Williams, 12, said they were enjoying the evening. Williams said they both liked the pumpkin that looked like a dog, and the one that looked like a fish.

Third grader Justin Breeden, 8, was showing off his part of his class pumpkin to his mother. Though he was partial to his class’ raven-themed pumpkin, he liked another one, as well.

“The fish one, because I like to go fishing,” he said.

After kindergartener Kalea Pilout, 5, got her face painted, her mother, Linda Pilout, said this year’s festival topped last year’s.

“This has been really nice,” she said, and added that she was surprised at how many people had arrived early in the event. Pilout said she loved the school.

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