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Annual Fall Fun Festival deemed a success
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Andrew Froetschner, Salina, takes a long, running leap into a soft pile of hay during the 8th Annual Fall Fun Festival for Kans for Kids and Camp Hope. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

CLAFLIN —Hundreds of big-hearted-fall-weather-lovers attended the 8th Annual Fall Fun Festival held last Sunday at the Kyle Kasselman farm southwest of Claflin as they enjoyed a variety of activities in support of Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation and Camp Hope. The wish of Kylee Kasselman for her 8th birthday on Sept. 30, 2006 has grown from selling pumpkins grown by her family with a few fall games that filled the front yard of their rural home, to an event that encompassed every available area around the farm this year.
From a petting zoo to horseback rides and horse drawn wagon rides, to three bounce houses, a velcro wall, games and concessions, there were activities for kids and kids at heart. Hundreds of pumpkins and gourds were available for purchase and also served as a beautiful backdrop for the event.
Kans for Kids president Anne Beck expressed the sentiments of Kans for Kids by expressing gratitude to the Kasselman family and all those that worked to make the event another success. “This is another example of the community coming together to show their support for Kans for Kids and their work to provide emotional and financial support for Barton County kids with cancer,” said Beck. “The people in this area go above and beyond in their support for the kids and now for Camp Hope.” The funds generated from this years festival were ten times that of the first year.
Kans for Kids is currently providing assistance for 11-year-old Kadin White, Great Bend, who was diagnosed with leukemia in Oct. of 2012. The son of Dustin and Brianna White, he has two years remaining in his regimen of treatment.
More information on Kans for Kids can be found at www.kans4kids