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Collegeville Hosts Harvest Fest
Music, food, games, pumpkins, prizes and fun were the order of the evening on Friday at Collegeville Elementary School.

It was time for the school's annual Harvest Festival, and students, many in colorful Halloween costumes, turned out with their families to enjoy a night of activity. The line was longest at the ping pong toss for the chance to win a goldfish, while the cafeteria was also a popular stop for hungry festival attendees.

On the blacktop, students enjoyed dancing and showed off some of the moves they had learned in the afterschool program. A pumpkin patch was set up on the grassy area so that every youngster attending could pick one out to take home.

There were bumblebees, vampires, and a few princesses among the crowd, all looking to enjoy the next activity on their list.

There was pumpkin pie, a lollipop tree, bean bag toss and more, all designed to keep the kids busy and entertained.

Two-year-old Freddie Furr found the petting zoo to his liking, especially the soft furry rabbit. Charlotte Shaddix, 5, a kindergarten student at the school, found a mini roller board just the thing to enjoy rolling across the blacktop.

"This is the second year we have come," said Charlotte's mom, Olga Psomostithis. "I think it's a great idea and Collegeville is a great school, very community based."

Third grader Eliazar Madera, 8, was wearing a 'Scream' costume completed with a mask that poured fake blood down the face.

"I get to grab a pumpkin," he said of what he was looking forward to at the fest. "And the fish and pony rides are fun."

The local Cowboy Pony Party and Petting Zoo business brought their animals to the campus, offering the pony rides and a wide variety of animals in the petting zoo.

Eva Padilla is a first grader at Collegeville and she had a specific game she enjoyed the most.

"Fishing," she said, lining up another ping pong toss to try and win a goldfish to take home.