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Allen Fall Festival Nov. 5 to help build playground

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Allen Elementary School Parent Teacher Association officers hope to raise enough money from the school’s upcoming Fall Festival to start building a new playground for grades 2-5. From left are PTA 2nd vice president Amy Neighbors, 1st vice president Chris Yother, parliamentarian Beverly Crane, president Tracy Higgins and school principal Earlene Weeks. Photo by Katie Ward

Soddy-Daisy Veterans Park will host the third annual Allen Elementary School Fall Festival for the first time Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We will hold it at the Veterans Park this year in hopes of bringing more of the community into it,” said school Parent Teacher Association president Tracy Higgins. “Everything Allen Elementary makes at the Fall Festival this year will go to our playground fund.”

The school’s playground was condemned last year due to so many children getting hurt on it. Higgins said one child will have to have plastic surgery on her face as a result of falling on the playground, which sat on a slope by the school parking lot with exposed tree roots from soil erosion that children continuously tripped over.

She said the new playground will be in the center of the walking track behind the back parking lot next to the new playground for grades kindergarten and first. The swing set was salvaged from the former playground so older children could use it in the meantime.

“Each grade level will create canvas art for the Fall Festival auction,” said Higgins. “We are really looking to bring in the community so our children will have a playground to play on. We are looking for anyone that wants to donate to the playground fund.”

Play and Park Structures is offering Allen Elementary a 95 percent discount on equipment, but the new playground will still cost an estimated $33,209 with the discount. The goal is to raise at least $15,000 toward the playground at the festival.

“Not only is this playground for Allen Elementary School, it is open to the community like our track,” said Higgins.

The Fall Festival will showcase many ways community members can help monetarily resurrect the school playground.

The festival’s silent basket auction includes themes from Tennessee Volunteers to spa to books. A live auction will showcase tickets to Disney World, Dollywood, the Tennessee Aquarium and Partyville. It will also feature a “Swan Lake” digital print turned impressionistic painting by photographer Rick Taber, a Doodle Bug dirt bike and two stoves.

Festival concession stands will sell funnel cakes, hot dogs, popcorn, caramel apples, Philly cheese steaks, fried apple and peach pies and fried cheesecake.

Tickets purchased in advance to play games will be four for $1 or $15 for an unlimited stamp, which can be used for everything from mechanical bull and pony rides to games like lasso the bull, corn hole and a hula hoop contest, as well as hairspray paint, temporary tattoos and face painting.

Vendors will sell all kinds of jewelry, Christmas ornaments, hair feathers, homemade purses, wood crafts, cell phone covers, hair bows and Pampered Chef. A stylist will be on site to install hair feathers.

LEARN MORE

To learn more about the Fall Festival, contact Allen Elementary School at 843-4713. Soddy-Daisy Veterans Park is at the 9000 block of Dayton Pike on the south end of Soddy-Daisy.

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