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Fall fun found at Richmond festival

October 14, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

RICHMOND - The Richmond Festival in the Woods offered fun for all ages while raising funds for the John Gregg Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization.

Marsha Smith, treasurer of the PTO, said the event, in its 16th year, helps the group to provide various materials and activities for children at the school.

"Everything we do throughout the year pretty much is paid for by the festival," she said as children climbed and slid on inflatable attractions set up for the occasion and played on the playground equipment at Richmond Park.

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Warren Scott
PONY RIDE — Lindsey Hall of Barn Yard Pony Rides of Canfield, Ohio, guided a pony carrying 1-year-old Rory Carothers as his mother, Amy Carothers, steadied him during the 16th annual Richmond Festival in the Woods Saturday at Richmond Park.

Fellow PTO member Heather Grimes noted the event once supported the former Richmond Elementary School nearby and when that school closed, became a fundraiser for John Gregg Elementary School because many of the children from Richmond moved to that school.

"We have great support for the festival, everyone from vendors to donors," said Smith, who noted many local businesses donated items for gift baskets that served as drawing prizes while many parents and staff at the school supplied baked goods that were on sale.

Area artist Dave Barnhouse donated three prints that fetched $800 in bids for the PTO through an auction conducted by Gary Cain. Caroline's Collectibles of Bloomingdale supplied the frames for the prints.

The annual event is a family-oriented one, with games and entertainment geared toward festival-goers of all ages.

The Edison High School Choir helped to warm up early attendees, Jim Tate the Magic Man entertained young and old with his illusions, and a talent show featuring children in preschool through sixth grade was held later in the day.

Disc jockey Rockin' Rodney played music between the shows.

There also were pony rides and an art show featuring the work of children from the school.

Members of Richmond United Methodist Church sold a variety of hot food in the park's shelter, with proceeds going to the church's youth group. Many of the church's youth assisted the adults in serving up sloppy joes, turkey and barbecued ham sandwiches, chili and haluska.

Members of the church's outreach committee also were on hand to distribute free Bibles and other Christian materials and share details of various activities held by the church, including a Trunk or Treat set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the church.

A walk through the park revealed many vendors selling pumpkins, jewelry fall- and Christmas-themed decorations and other crafts.

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