Fall festival in Tow features old-fashioned fun to benefit community center

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

TOW — Sara Holland turned to her past when she and other Tow Community Center Association members began exploring ways of raising money for the center and throwing a festival for families.

“We thought about doing a trunk-or-treat, but we started thinking about the type of things we did growing up at our fall festivals and Halloween parties,” Holland said. “You know, we wanted kids to try things like bobbing for apples and pin the broom on the witch. So, we thought, ‘Why not have something like that?”

On Oct. 26, the Tow Community Center Association will do just that at the center, 135 CR 221. Starting at 5 p.m. and going until whenever, organizers are throwing the Old Fashioned Fall Festival.[box]IF YOU GO
WHAT: Old Fashioned Fall Festival
WHEN: 5 p.m. to whenever Oct. 26
WHERE: Tow Community Center, 135 CR 221 in Tow
FOR MORE: (325) 379-1069[/box]

“We know there are a lot of things going on that day, but we hope the kids will come out so they can see what we did as kids instead of just going door to door asking for candy,” Holland said.

The event also serves as a fundraiser for the organization as members look to make improvements to the 70-plus-year-old community center. The facility serves as a meeting place for Tow, with everything from family reunions to weddings to just get-togethers taking place.

“We use it for everything,” Holland said.

The festival will feature more than 20 booths of games, activities and other things. Many of the activities organizers pulled from their years of growing up. There will be a “fish pond,” where kids can toss a line over a hung sheet. Once the line settles, a “fish” will give it a tug or two, and the child reels in his or her catch, usually a toy surprise.

While some prizes are candy, the association is trying to stick with more toy prizes.

Volunteers also are baking up cakes, cookies and other goodies for a cake walk.

And what fall festival would be complete without a hay ride? Well, Tow’s Old Fashioned Fall Festival will have one.

Association members will be serving up hot dogs, drinks, snacks, snow cones and even hot chocolate.

“If it’s cold, we’ll have hot chocolate, if it’s not, it will be snow cones,” Holland said.

The Llano High School band is building a haunted house inside the community center. Holland said the haunted house is a fundraiser specifically for the band.

Organizers are looking for more volunteers to man the booths. While the festival raises money for the community center, Holland said the main purpose is to give children something fun to enjoy.

“We’re doing it for the kids,” she said. “I love listening to kids giggle.”

Children use tickets for the booths and other activities. Holland said one or two tickets will be the typical “cost” for most booths. People can purchase tickets at the gate at $20 for 50.

Call (325) 379-1069 for more information.

daniel@thepicayune.com