Kicking off fall at SummitFest 2021

Kids, families, and faculty celebrated autumn at Summit Charter School’s annual festival, SummitFest, held in mid-October. The annual fall festival is a fun-filled way for family and friends to celebrate fall with yummy food, inflatables, carnival games, a photo booth, dunk tank, prizes, face painting, and much more.

“SummitFest is our first community event of the school year and is a great way to kick off fall,” said SummitFest Committee Chair Kelly Greene. “It’s also a wonderful way to thank teachers and students for all their hard work so far. I think with everything that’s been going on in the world, the kids, teachers, and community deserve some fun!”

Pictured below is a glimpse of SummitFest 2021

SummitFest is held on the soccer field and lined with carnival games, a slew of giant inflatables on one end, and a variety of activities going on in the center. Greene said she received great feedback regarding the carnival-themed event and is excited for next year.

“Everyone had a blast,” said Greene. “I heard nothing but positive comments from students, parents and faculty. My only dilemma will be how to top it next year.”

SummitFest takes place annually during fall and turns the soccer field into a venue for games, contests, inflatables, and more.

Mixing it up a bit, Greene said they added several games and contests to the festival this year.

The hula hoop contest escalated to participants hula’ing up to four hoops at once.

“We really wanted to make this SummitFest bigger than it had ever been before, but still keep its small-town charm,” she said. “We added contests like pony hop (hopping on giant inflatable ponies), hula-hoop, and treat walks; as well as all the carnival games. Thankfully, Carrie Snoey, a parent volunteer and event planner for The Club at High Hampton organized and let us borrow all of those amazing games.”

Summit Teacher Orlando Buck talks trash while stationed in the dunk tank.

SummitFest is a longstanding annual tradition organized by Summit parents and is self-funded.

“We have a lot of talented parents at Summit with all sorts of wonderful skills and I think everyone really brought their strengths to make this event great,” said Greene.

Pony Hop Race was a hit with kids and adults.

She added a huge thank you to the sponsors who helped make SummitFest such a success.

“As a former event planner, I have always been used to working with a budget,” said Greene. “We had to get creative with this one and thankfully we had some wonderful sponsors who stepped in to help. I would like to thank all the amazing parents and Summit faculty members who volunteered their time as well as our sponsors.”

Chasing down balloons blowing in the wind.

SummitFest sponsors include:

  • The Club at High Hampton
  • Whiteside Art Gallery
  • Patriot Roof Cleaning & Property Management
  • Cashiers Pump & Plumbing Supply
  • Whole Life Market & Nectar Juice Bar
  • Southern Fuel & Provisions
  • The Dopazo Family
  • Crawford Construction LLC
  • The Snoey Family
  • ScotLynn Yard
  • The Cashiers Farmers Market
  • Sugar Cloud Bakery

Kids having a blast sliding down an inflatable.

In addition to parents, sponsors and volunteers, Greene said this could not have happened without the SummitFest Committee.

Members of the SummitFest Committee pleased at another successful event.

“My SummitFest committee was beyond amazing,” she said. “They put a ton of work into this event, and I couldn’t have made SummitFest the success it was without Katie Bumgarner, Carrie Snoey, Jenn Douglass, Collins Zimmer, Ivy Cooper, Margaret Shutze, and Christy Curcuru.”

This year’s SummitFest had a carnival themes with tons of games testing strength and skill.

SummitFest was cancelled last year due to Covid.

The Tooth Fairies from the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic were at SummitFest promoting proper tooth care. Learn more about BRFD HERE.

Kids were all smiles at SummitFest and organizers say they have heard only positive feedback.

Members of the Cashiers Glenville Fire Department hit up some games and possibly inflatables at this year’s SummitFest.

Things got real in the Pony Hop Race.

SummitFest Committee Chair Kelly Greene (on left) said this year’s event went well.

A variety of inflatables line Summit’s soccer field.

One of the many carnival-style games at SummitFest 2021.

SummitFest contests and cake walks were MC’d by Katie Bumgarner who kicked off everything with a huge amount of enthusiasm. See dance moves in video.

The kids ran their races, now the adults step up to give the Pony Hop Race their all. There can be only one…

SummitFest attendees were warmly greeted by volunteers and a Tooth Fairy from the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic.

Playing a little Wiffle Golf while getting heckled by the Tooth Fairy peanut gallery.

Rocking two hula-hoops at once.

Cashiers Glenville Fire Department at SummitFest 2021.

SummitFest 2021

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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One thought on “Kicking off fall at SummitFest 2021

  1. I heard this was THE BEST Summitfest EVER and the photos sure bear that out. Why is it posted so late? Did I miss something. Congratulations to Mrs. Greene and her awesome committee that included Carrie Snoey, the best games organizer on the planet. And, also to the good-spirited, ubiquitous Tooth Fairies who show up anyplace they can add some fun and deliver their message. Love those community partnerships!!

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