The Walton Rural Life Center has been searching for creative ways to raise funds to increase the size of their charter school.
The school, which places an emphasis on agriculture and hands-on learning, is in need of more classroom space to accommodate higher enrollment. A fund-raiser for the school — the first ever “Walton Rural Life Center Fun Fest” — will be this Saturday at Athletic Park. Community members will be able to participate in various activities and also make donations to support the school.
“It should be a fun time for everybody,” said event organizer Kyle Fiedler. “... We’re just hoping that people come out and support the school.”
Events at the fun fest include a 5k run at 7 a.m., fishing at 7:30 a.m., volleyball at 8:30 a.m., wiffleball at 10 a.m. and horseshoes at 2 p.m.
Cost to participate in the sporting events will be $25 for those who sign up that day. Registration will start 30 minutes prior to each event.
Free activities for children will begin at 10 a.m. and will include a ring toss, face painting, water balloon relay races and a “bounce house.”
In addition, there will be a free Zumba class from 11 a.m. to noon; a line dancing demonstration from noon to 1 p.m.; and vendors selling items such as food and arts and crafts.
The event will conclude with an awards show at 7 p.m., followed by a presentation about the Walton Rural Life Center. Larry Thompson and the Big Buckle Band will perform from 8 to 10 p.m.
Fiedler hopes the fun fest’s first year is successful, and he would like to turn it into an annual event. He encourages community members to come out to the park and support the school.
“They can see what the school does,” he said.
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