'Just for the kids': City to host fall festival

Savannah Vasquez
Booths will be set up in the Destin Community Center Gym full of fun fall games during the 15th Annual Fall Festival.

This month is full of fall festivals and celebrations, but how about one that will also benefit local charity? The city of Destin is hosting its 15th Annual Fall Festival Monday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. and is not only supporting a local charity, but also local kid’s afterschool care.

“We are collecting non-perishable food items for the local food pantry and the quarter games and concessions proceeds go to the kid’s club after school program,” said Deputy Recreation and Parks Director Lisa Firth. “It’s just for the kids, they come and buy quarter tickets to play the games. The gym will be full of game booths, we have all the old-time things like face painting, a cake walk, carnival booths and a costume contest.”

The costume contest kicks things off at 5 p.m. followed by a jack-o-lantern contest. Contestants need to bring pre-carved pumpkins to the Destin Community Center to enter by Monday at 3 p.m.

“Prizes will be awarded for first through third place for best costume and jack-o-lantern,” said Firth. “All of the prizes are donations from local businesses.”

Another neat thing about the fall festival is the volunteers.

“The Destin Middle School Interact Club will be running a booth along with Fort Walton Beach Leadership Club,” said Firth. “They help out every year and I couldn’t do it without them.”

So come on out to the Destin Community Center this Monday for an evening full of old-fashioned fall fun and support our local kids and community.

The Destin Community Center is located at 101 Stahlman Ave. For more information call 654-5184.