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Pound Ridge Family Fun Fest Shines Despite Weather

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – It was touch and go with the weather Friday as passing thunderstorms ducked in and out of the area, but PTA organizers were able to work between the raindrops to pull off another successful Family Fun Festival at Pound Ridge Town Park.

The festival is one of Pound Ridge Elementary School PTA’s major fundraisers and features live music, an inflatable slide and obstacle course, arts and crafts, face painting, a dunk tank and plenty of summertime eats, including burgers, hot dogs, sno-cones, cotton candy and popcorn.

“It is a fundraiser, but we also like it because it gets everyone together in the park to have some fun,” said Nicole Fields, who co-chaired the event with fellow PTA member Kari Puckhaber.

The day started out with blue skies and plenty of sunshine, but by mid-afternoon, thunder began to rumble and the rain began to fall, threatening the festival’s 5 p.m. start time. The skies cleared, only to see another storm move in and out again. The fickle weather conditions left Fields and her fellow festival planners with some tough decisions.

“We Ping-Ponged back and forth [one whether to postpone the festival],” Fields said. “We wanted to have the event but we wanted a safe environment.”

Eventually, Fields and her crew decided to move forward, though the festival’s itinerary lagged by about 30 minutes.

Pound Ridge Elementary third-grader Ellie Kalman said she was glad the rain cleared and the festival was finally able to start.

“I've been to the other ones [in previous years] and they’re fun,” she said. “I like the slide and the dunking tank. I like it all. The rain didn't matter – we probably would have come anyway.”

Fields said Billy Fortin, owner of Scotts Corner Market, provided the food at a discounted price to the PTA and was on hand to help grill up the burger and dogs. She also said the reason the festival is so successful is because of the parent volunteers who turn out to help, including both musicians and food servers.

The live music was provided by the Linc Carnival Band. Band member Pete Williamson has a third-grader at Pound Ridge Elementary. At the cotton candy booth, Melissa Kamen-Gussack, a PTA board member and festival volunteer, was learning on the job how to spin the sugary, pink carnival treat.

“I've always had a fascination with cotton candy,” she said with a laugh. “Are you kidding? That why I volunteered.”

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