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Letter of Thanks: To all who made the Fall Festival possible, from the City of Kingman Parks & Rec

On behalf of the Kingman Parks and Recreation Department, I want to take a moment to formally thank all of our sponsors, volunteers and staff who put forth the effort in this year's Fall Festival to help make it as successful as it was. This year's event that was held on Oct. 24 was financially sponsored and supported by Preston Investments, the Tomlin Family, BBVA Compass Bank, Wells Fargo, All State Insurance Angie Weese Agency, RAID, Manpower, Taco Bell, Kingman Daily Miner, Safeway, Brenden Theaters, R and R Jumps and Adobe Homes. Money that was donated provided the event over 20 free game booths with candy to all who participated, candy in the hay, a cupcake walk, hay rides, jump houses, pie baking contest and prizes, pie eating contest and prizes, a pumpkin carving and decorating contest and prizes, a toddler obstacle course, arts and crafts, and a costume contest for children 3 to 12 years old with many great prizes.

This event could not have been operated without the help of the many volunteers who gave their Saturday afternoon to help run game booths, the cupcake walk, and candy in the hay, or assist with jump houses or with any of our many contests. This event took over 60 volunteers and staff to make the day's activities run successfully with the proper help that each activity needed. Again, thank you to all of those who volunteered and donated their time. I truly appreciate your time and assistance!

I also want to congratulate the winners in the Costume Contest, Pumpkin Contest and Pie Contests. In the costume contest for 3-5 years, first-place winners were Ayveryona Pettway, Amica Davis and Aubrie Terlesky; second-place winners were Eva Amenhouser, Aspen Martinez and (name unknown); and third-place winners were Brooke Martinez, Jessica Thomas and Keara Kennedy. In the 6-8 years division, first-place winners were Jordan Giles, Melonie Anderson and Levi Beckham; second-place winners were Caydyn Pettway, Sean Parker and Erica Norman; and third-place winners were Eliza Telford, David Romero and Noah Esquibel. In the 9-12 years division, first-place winners were Sarah Goade, Austin Gonzalez and Alyssa Lavigne; second-place winners were Dillan Gonzalez, Courtney Smith, and Jamie Davis; and third-place winners were Hollie Pennington, Samantha Mosser and Corbin Reynolds. Pumpkin winners were Lawerence Anderson, Kimberly Davidson, Jacob Tosh, The Stoneking Family, Erika Davis and Lisa Becker. Pie baking winners for the Apple Pie category were: first place to Patty Harker, second place to Joann Richmond, and third place to Angela Mott. In the Pumpkin Pie category, winners were: first place to Karen Fogg, second place to Marilyn Adams and third place to Derrick Schwartz.

In addition, I want to thank all those teachers who gave their students the coloring sheets to our annual Halloween Coloring Contest and to those children who participated. We received approximately 1,000 coloring sheets from student in grades kindergarten through fifth and awarded three students in every grade. Congratulations to our kindergarten winners, Macey Acton, Jonathon Smallwood and Erica Norman; first-grade winners, Paige Cody, Jessica Bone and Shayla Mayberry; second-grade winners Chole Martin, Caitlin McDermott and Levi Beckham; third-grade winners Kevin Cossio and Courtney Janney; fourth-grade winners Pawanpreet Kaur, Miguel Salinas and Jerina Winter Gabriel; fifth grade winners Laura Borden, Maverick San Antonio and Aaron Hepner. Winners received a coloring book, crayons, colored pencils, a kid's meal to Taco Bell and many little Halloween goodies. All prizes were collected at the Festival or have been delivered to the child's school and given to their teacher for distribution.

This was the third year for the city to host the Annual Fall Festival and will continue to do so with great people like our volunteers and sponsors. This year's event had approximately 3,000 people in attendance throughout the day. Once again, thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors, and to those who participated in the day's activities.

Yvonne Cossio

Kingman Parks and Recreation coordinator

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