WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Bates Pumpkin Fair n 2013 will mark the 40th anniversary n Held Saturday after Columbus Day n One of the largest Wellesley fairs, sold over 30,000 tickets in 2012 n Largest fundraiser for the school, includes a raffle and auction n LYNN YOUNGEN Wellesley School Fairs Halloween-themed — with a larger haunted house that has three levels of "scariness" so young children can participate — and a pumpkin patch Large assortment of bouncy houses for all ages COURTESY OF BATES FAIR n Fiske Wild West Round -Up n 2012 marked the 20th anniversary n Held second or third Saturday in September, depending on when school starts n Have a number of mechanical rides — like the spinning teacups — as well as games n Wild West themed with the Saloon Salon for painting nails, spraying hair with chalk, and selling jewelry; Cowboy Strut — a game similar to musical the class parent ensures that this game is staffed by kindergarten par- chairs where winner gets to a treasure basket that different families have made; Arrest that Rascal, where friends and teachers can be arrested and ents for the whole fair. It ends up being an elaborate and complex photographed in jail; and Uncle Joe's Store where western-themed clothes spreadsheet." can be purchased Of course, the dunk tank at the Hunnewell Fun Fair, a beloved tradition, is manned by fifth grade parents, who might not consider it voluntary, as the children register their parents for it! Parents are not the only volunteers. Older students in the community play a role in most of the fairs. "Wellesley High School Key Club students volunteer at Fiske's Wild West Round-Up," says Becky Hudepohl, who chairs the event. "It's nice to have the elementary students see teenagers that they can emulate. These kids are here to help with set up, assist with the games, and do clean up." We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 At the Pumpkin Fair, sixth graders who are Bates alumni, enjoy returning and helping—especially with the haunted house. Naturally, teachers participate, too. Kerry Bedard, the chair for Schofield's Road Race and Fun Fair, notes that many teachers, as well as parents, run the 5k, setting a good example and emphasizing the importance of exercise. 116

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