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Fall Festival brings fun to Fightertown

7 Nov 2008 | Lance Cpl. K. L. Clark Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

Halloween was celebrated with costume wearing and trick-or-treating. It is always Oct. 31 every year, but what if you couldn’t wait until then? Well, the Air Station delivered the perfect solution for those that were anxious for some fun.
The Marine Corps Community Services-South Carolina held its 3rd Annual Fall Festival at the Air Station Chapel Oct. 29 for all service members and Department of Defense employees and their families.
A mouth-watering variety of free food was offered at the festival, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and candy apples, as well as games for everyone. There was a sack race, a three-legged race and moonwalks, among other games.
“It was a great turnout,” said Beth Huston, the area coordinator for the Air Station. “People were waiting in lines for the festival to begin before 5 p.m. There were more people in attendance than last year. The kids were having fun and talking to people they probably never met before.”
One guest at the festival was Tux the Clown, a local entertainer from Beaufort.
“(Tux) said he loves to come out and support anything  going on in the community – especially the military community,” Huston said. “We were very appreciative that he came.”
They were also Marine and sailor volunteers that helped make the festival successful.
“The festival was really great for the kids,” said Sgt. Megan Rayon, training chief for Marine Wing Support Squadron 273. “It was good to have been there to assist the families with the food and attractions. The festival was a great experience for families to have fun.”
Some of the families felt the festival was a good alternative compared to what else the holiday had in store.
“It was something safe for the children to do other than running around town,” said Gunnery Sgt. Garland Cox, the family readiness officer for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122.