|Inflatables fill the parking lot of last year's Big Top Festival at Woodfill Elementary.|
A longtime and loved Fort Thomas tradition returns this weekend with Woodfill Elementary's Friday night Spaghetti Dinner and Sunday's Big Top Festival.
Friday, September 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the entire community is invited to dinner featuring homemade spaghetti and meatballs at Woodfill Elementary's cafeteria. Rebecca Leonardi-Neufarth is using old family recipes and, along with family members, has been hand-rolling 900-plus meatballs in preparation for the event. New this year is family style portions, available for dine-in only, for $25. For individual portions, adult meals are $7 and child/senior meals are $5. Children may preview and play games that will be at the festival on Sunday, and win prizes.
Sunday's Big Top Festival, September 18, noon to 6 p.m., will feature inflatables, a silent auction, food, a cake walk, games and prizes for all ages, a basket raffle, candy wheel, body works, spiritwear and the ever-popular Up for Grabs booth.
Woodfill students are currently selling raffle tickets for $1. First prize is $1,000, second prize is $250 and third prize is $100.
|Children participate in the cake walk, hoping to win of the many donated baked goods.|
|The candy wheel is always a crowd favorite.|
|Children can win Big Top Bucks, which can be redeemed for prizes.|
"The Big Top Festival is very important to our school," says Principal Keith Faust. "First and foremost it is a tradition that has been a part of our school for as long as I can remember. The planning, preparation, organization and day of the event brings our school community together unlike any other school event we have throughout the year. From a volunteer standpoint there truly is something for everyone."
Parents are as much a part of the festival as children, and the entire school family rallies each year with donations of basket raffle items, candy, pop and items for the cake walk. Countless community members donate time not only preparing for the festival, but setting up tents and games, running games, cooking pasta and handing out prizes. Many understand the festival's importance: It's the only fundraiser Woodfill's PTO holds annually.
"The proceeds from this fundraiser allow us to keep costs down on field trips, purchase our AR program, run programs like the AR store, sponsor days like KY Kids' Day, cookouts, 5th grade graduation, help supplement the counselor's budget and much more," Faust says. "The big shift this upcoming year is that proceeds from the Big Top will go to support a portion of our commitment to The Leader in Me Program. Finally and most importantly, it is a great event for our kids and they love it."
For more information on the Spaghetti Dinner and Festival, go here. All events will take place at Woodfill Elementary, 1025 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas.