Vassar serves up big helping of family fun during annual fall celebration

vassarfallfest4Saturday, Oct. 26 will be a busy day of fall celebration and Halloween haunting across Osage County, and highlighting fun will be the annual Vassar Funfest, with a costume parade, live entertainment and a car show.

Vassar will become a hub of activity at about 7 a.m. with a freewill donation breakfast at Vassar Methodist Church. The menu of pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee will be offered until 10 a.m.

Following breakfast will be the Goblin Gallop 5K Run and Walk, which begins at 10 at the church and with the route leading to a turnaround at the Pomona State Park entrance and ending back at the church. Friends of Pomona State Park will provide orange slices and water for the runners. The walk and run benefit Savannah Cross (see her story and registration form at https://www.facebook.com/VassarGoblinGallopFunRunAndWalk). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., or to preregister or for more information, contact Tina at 785-249-9469, or Jill at 785-221-7842.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. and entrants should assemble at the post office at 10:30.

Kids of all ages are encouraged to wear fun (non-scary) costumes and take part in the costume judging contest taking place at the school following the parade.

Live entertainment by The Coots (Larry Larson, Matt Parenti, Jenna Wight) playing bluegrass begins after the parade, along with the car show, all in Vassar’s Jones Park, next to the town’s one-room schoolhouse.

For more information about the car show or to register, contact Tony Horne at 785-214-9448. Entrants can also register on the day of the show.

Entries for the pie contest should be dropped off at the school house by 11 a.m. to be judged. All flavors accepted. Prizes will be awarded to top three.

The Kansas Lions Club Mobile Screening Unit will set up around 10 a.m. and will be open until 2 p.m. or later. The Lyndon Lions Club is sponsoring the free health screenings. See related story here.

A silent auction will be held in the schoolhouse as a fundraiser for the schoolhouse; bidding closes at 3 p.m. To donate new or next to new items for the auction, contact Diane Williams at 785-828-4284.

Starting about 1 p.m. will be bingo games, and at 1:30 old-fashioned games for all ages, including the favorite money in the haystack, will be played. Horseshoe competition will begin at 2 p.m.

Kids crafts will be in the schoolhouse basement starting at approximately noon, including making masks and painting. Also in the afternoon will be a petting zoo, pony rides and face painting.

Concessions will also be offered in the school; enjoy grilled burgers and hot dogs along with some homemade pie.

For more information about Vassar FunFest, contact Sherri Coffman at 785-828-4810.

Vassar visitors are also encouraged to stick around for evening activities at nearby Pomona State Park, where the annual luminaries drive will take place at Burning Heart Campground at dusk. No entrance fee will be charged at the park, although visitors are asked to donate non-perishable food items for Lyndon Help House. Also at the park, from 7 to 10 p.m. will be Nightmare on the Trail, a fun and sometimes scary adventure on a walking trail in the park. The nightmare begins at the park entrance. See related story here.

Revised 8:54 a.m. Oct. 23, 2013: The school’s birthday was last year; added pie contest information.
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