By Molly Seales
Riverdale Academy faculty, staff, families, and students, as well as other community members are eagerly anticipating this year’s 5th annual Rebel Fest, which will be held at the school beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. Rebel Fest is usually held in early September, but this year, due to the uncertainties of Covid 19, it was moved to later in the year.
Rebel Fest began in 2016 and quickly became a family favorite and one of the two main fundraisers for Riverdale Academy. Money raised has been used to purchase new books and new curriculum for multiple grades, as well as a new incentive program to help new families come to Riverdale.
There are many exciting annual activities planned such as split the pot bingo, baking contest, dunking booth, laser tag, chicken poop roulette, dunking booth, cornhole tournament, and bounce house/obstacle courses. There will be concessions available, as well as barbecue plates for $10. If you would like to order a plate, please pre-order a by contacting Amanda Cason at Riverdale. New activities include a cake walk and the “Game On” Game Truck.
The most exciting part of the day is the live auction, which will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the gym. There will be a variety of items available in the auction, and the bidding competition should be fierce! The day will culminate with the big raffle drawing. Tickets are currently for sale for a $100 tax deductible donation. There are three chances to win a big prize. 3rd prize is a Smith and Wesson M & P 15. 2nd prize is a 4-Night Cabin with barge rental at Swaha Lodge on Lake Greeson. The grand prize is $10,000 cash! Tickets will be for sale the day of the event. If you would like a purchase a ticket and are unable to attend, please contact any Riverdale student or the school at 932-5876.
One of the Rebel Fest organizers, Nicki Caskey, is very excited about this year’s event. She said, “We are looking forward to another wonderful year and are hopeful for a great turnout. It is looking like the weather will be perfect for a fall day, and this is a great opportunity to come spend a fun day with the Riverdale family. We hope to see everyone there.”
Riverdale will be hosting Pee Wee football games that morning beginning at 10:00 am, and the bounce house and obstacle course will be set up at that time for the kids to enjoy. Our Riverdale Pee Wee team will play at noon, so come out early and support them! We look forward to seeing you all at Rebel Fest.