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INDIAN LAND – Brianna Malinowski was persistent in her aim to toss a small bean bag into a bucket Saturday.
After a few unsuccessful tries, Brianna, 7, made two tosses in a row. As she went to claim her game prize, you could detect her satisfaction and the joy that came along with it. Similar smiles and laughs could be found all around during the 11th annual Indian Land Elementary/Middle School Spring Festival.
Because of rain, the festival was held inside the elementary school. But that didn’t put a damper on the mood at all.
Scores of businesses and other local organizations lined the school’s hallways with their display booths, while the cafeteria and gymnasium served as the center of most of the children’s activities.
There, children made temporary homes out of the many inflatable games, such as obstacle courses, a bounce house and a joust competition.
Ryan Martin and his buddies said they loved the joust, but were looking for the next activity to conquer.
“We’re going to try everything,” he said.
Clowns and other themed figures populated the festival, which also featured music and live performances by local school choruses and other groups.
A 50/50 raffle was available, as was a silent auction. One of the top auction items was a hand-made cowboy hat signed by NASCAR legend Richard Petty.
Although most of those activities were held indoors, there were a few food vendors who still had their stands set up outside.
Dennis Catoe of Cater’s Tater in Kershaw drew a number of patrons during the day.
Catoe said many came to try his ribbon-fried potatoes.
Indian Land Elementary Principal Beth Blum was hoping for strong attendance and said she was pleased with Saturday’s numbers, which are estimated at more than 2,000.
“We’ve had a great turnout,” Blum said. “The weather did not hinder us.”
Organizers believe the festival made about $9,000-$10,000. Proceeds go to the two schools’ parent-teachers associations, which want to buy more interactive white boards for classrooms.
Contact reporter Jesef Williams at email@example.com or at (803) 283-1152