Fort Mill Times

Annual Indian Land fundraiser Saturday

"Fun Times 10!" is what students and families can expect at this year's Indian Land Elementary and Middle School Spring Festival held Saturday at the elementary school.

Parents, students, educators and boosters are celebrating the festival's 10th year with a day of activities that is "bigger, better and longer," PTA President Laura Loughry said, including an hour more of fun and additional games and rides.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will include live music, 10 inflatable activities, games, food vendors and live and silent auctions.

The big draw, Loughry said, is likely to be Flex Flying, which allows participants to be strapped into a bungee jumping-style harness and use four trampolines to jump high into the air.

"I think it's going to be all the hype," Loughry said.

The silent auction will run all day, and the live auction will begin at 3 p.m. Among the items being auctioned are gift baskets, gift certificates to local businesses, and a "principal for a day" pass, which allows the winner to be the principal of Indian Land Elementary and Middle School for one day.

Music will play throughout the day with performances by groups including the Indian Land High School jazz quartet, local band The Professionals, and the Indian Land Middle School Honor Band.

Food vendors include the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department, Figaro's Pizza and Cater's Tater's.

Bob Doster, metal artist and owner of Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio in Lancaster, will have a booth where children can sculpt with clay. Other area businesses, churches and organizations will be set up with crafts and games.

Armbands will be sold for $15 each and allow all-day admission to the inflatable activities. Individual tickets will also be on sale, as well as $5 armbands for children age 3 and under.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the PTA, which in turn benefits the school, staff and students, Loughry said. Some funds will likely be used for buying technology for the classrooms, she said.

But the event is about a lot more than fundraising, Loughry added.

"We put a lot of time into this, not just because we want to raise money for the school but our mission is to provide a family day where kids can come and have fun as kids and families and remember a great day at Indian Land Elementary School," Loughry said.