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Jacksboro Middle to host fall festival

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By PETER SAWYER

On Oct. 19, Jacksboro Middle School will host a fall festival at 6 p.m. The fall festival will revolve around storytelling, with the literacy-based theme “Fall into Reading.”
“What we’re hoping to do, we’re going to have a little story telling festival that’s open to the public,” Assistant Principal Nikki Bumgardner said. “We’re going to try to keep it outside as much as possible.”
Booths will be placed outside, but if weather isn’t conducive to an outdoor event, the festival can be moved indoors, Bumgardner said.
Local storytellers, such as Hack Ayers, Martha Wells and Jerry Sharp, will set up booths around the football field where they will regale attendants with different tales.
“They’re going to tell stories (of) things that have happened in this area,” Bumgardner said.
Wells will tell spooky stories while Sharp will talk about Harvey LaFollette.
Local businesses have also been invited to set up booths at the fall festival. Currently, around 10 to 12 businesses have responded.
“We’ve invited any businesses that would like to come and set up a literary booth,” Bumgardner said. “The more the merrier. Anybody can come.”
Businesses are encouraged to set up booths with literary themes. They can tweak the themes to help promote themselves.
“We’re hoping to promote literacy as much as possible while still allowing them to promote their individual businesses.”
First Volunteer Bank plans to set up a booth based on the Three Little Pigs.
The theme is: “Which type of house would you like to build?”
The local library, police station and fire department have also been invited to come to the fall festival.
The Jacksboro Police Department will fingerprint children for the kids safe program.
JMS technology students will take pictures of kids with the fire department.
Teachers and students will also set up booths. “The Great Pumpkin Patch” is a Charlie Brown-themed area. There will also be a haunted house.
“We’re going to have a pumpkin carving contest,” Bumgardner said. “A pumpkin painting contest, and a chili cookoff.”
People will bring their submissions to the school or to the event. Pumpkins need to be there by 5 p.m., Bumgardner said.
Admission to the fall festival is free, and participation at the booths is free.
“We’re trying to make it as low cost as possible,” Bumgardner said. “In order to come and have a good time and participate in most everything, it will be free.”
Some businesses may sell food, but JMS will give away hotdogs for free.