Oct 30, 2013

Great turnout for annual School Fair

NEW MADISON – The 80th annual Tri-Village School Fair celebrating 40 Years of Patriot Pride was a tremendous success. On Oct. 4 and 5, the community came out in full force to take part in all of the festivities from the pumpkin decorating contest to the School Fair King and Queen crowning ceremony. This year’s program honored the 40th anniversary of the consolidation of the New Madison, Hollansburg, and Palestine school districts into what is now known as Tri-Village.

Almost 40 current and former staff members were welcomed back to the school to enjoy the weekend. They were recognized at the crowning ceremony Friday night and in the parade on Saturday. William Holmes and Warren Combs were honored as the co-grand marshals for this year as two of the original administrators of the consolidated district. Many stories, pictures, and warm memories were shared over the course of the weekend, including a slideshow that chronicled all forty years of yearbook pictures done by students in the web design/video editing class taught by Mrs. Kim Puckett.

Friday was a dazzling success with an exceptional turnout for the crowning ceremony. The gym looked fantastic with decorations done by the Jr./Sr. High Student Councils advised by Mrs. Heather Stump. The invocation was delivered by Eric Laux, local business owner and active community member, and the night was complete with traditional performances from the band and choir led by new directors Emily Venneman and Geneva Price. The school was proud to crown Riley Hollinger and Jordan Walker as their School Fair Queen and King.

Saturday’s festivities were a hit with excellent participation in the Pinewood Derby, the ever popular Mini Tractor Pull, the 5th Annual School Fair Auction done by Brian Rismiller of Rismiller Auctioneer Services, and the first ever Neon Patriot 5K put on by the National Honor Society, Freshman Class, and Key Club. Although cut short by rain, the 5K was a community favorite and a profitable fundraiser for the groups. The kiddie games on the front lawn were sponsored by the New Madison Kiwanis which included an egg toss, sack races, and a nickel hunt, among others. The parade didn’t disappoint with several groups displaying creative floats, but ultimately the Cub Scout Pack 149 came out on top in the float contest.

When all was said and done, the school fair committee was more than pleased with the success of this year’s School Fair and wanted to thank all who were involved in any way. With so many new faces on staff at Tri-Village, the support that was received from all was a true testament to the unwavering Patriot Pride and strength of the entire community.

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