Annual Riverdale Rebel Fest Draws Big Crowd

By Molly Seales

Riverdale Academy held its 6th annual Rebel Fest on Saturday, October 9.  There were many activities for all ages.  Outside activities for kids included a game truck, waterslides, and a bounce house.  A favorite outside activity for all ages was a dunking booth where kids got the opportunity to dunk their favorite, or least favorite, teacher or athlete.  Inside the gym people enjoyed a Rebel punch game and cake walk. Many teams participated in a double-elimination corn hole tournament that was also held in the gym. The winners were Landon Gardner and Ben Hickman. Congratulations guys! As always, a big hit was Bingo, which took place in the lunchroom.  A long day of play and chasing kids around can make everybody hungry and thirsty, so concessions and a delicious meal of red beans and rice were available for everyone attending.  A special thanks goes to Matt Huddleston for providing food plates for everyone to enjoy.

Mrs. Amanda Cason headed up a baking contest which had three categories: cakes, pies, and “other.”  The winners in the cake category are as follows: 1st place- Pamela Bamberg with her candied pecan king cake, 2nd place- Krista Mancil with her chocolate chocolate-chip cake, and 3rd place- Milton Guidry with his peanut butter jelly cake.  In the pie category J Cardinell took 1st place with his peanut butter pie, Kristi Spradley took 2nd place with her pecan pie, and Lexi Mancil took 3rd place with her caramel apple pie.  1st place in the “other” category went to Hayden Cason for his apple dumplings, 2nd place went to Brooklyn Giddings for her oreo balls, and 3rd place went to Annelise Cason for her pecan pie muffins.  The first-place desserts in each category were sold in the auction later in the evening. Thank you to everybody who participated, and congratulations to all of the winners!

Inside the gym there was a silent auction in which people could bid on many different things.  As activities started to wrap up, people started making their way to the gym for what everybody had been waiting for-the live auction.  There was a variety of different items to bid on including goods donated by retail stores, local small businesses, and some specially made items just for Rebel  Fest.  After all the items had been auctioned off, it was time to see who had won the raffle.  The first-place prize of $10,000 went to Troy Murray.  The second-place prize, which was a 4 night stay in a 2-bedroom cabin at Swaha Lodge on Lake Greeson (including a barge rental), went to Edgar Cason.  The final drawing, which was for a Smith and Wesson M&P 15, was also won by Edgar Cason. Since he had already won a prize, he decided to donate it back to the school.  They drew again for the third-place prize and Jerry Cannon was the winner.  The Riverdale students who sold the winning tickets were Emily Kirkland for the cash prize, Hayden, Easton, and Annelise Cason for the trip, and Ben Moseley for the gun. 8th grader Ayla Knotts sold the most tickets for the 2nd year in a row.

The picture is of 1st grade teacher Lauren Wiggins with her 3 children after her turn in the dunking booth.

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