Family Fun Fest excites military families

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col. Jerry Farnsworth, commander, 84th Engineer Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, prepares to get dunked during the 16th annual Fun Fest at Schofield Barracks, April 23. (Photos by Sgt. Phillis White | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Jerry Farnsworth, commander, 84th Engineer Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, prepares to get dunked during the 16th annual Fun Fest at Schofield Barracks, April 23. (Photos by Sgt. Phillis White | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Garcia
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sust. Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Sills Field was jam-packed with inflatable bouncers, games, rides, activity booths and food vendors, as more than 5,000 Soldiers and family members attended the 16th annual Fun Fest, here, April 23.

For the sixth straight year, Information, Ticketing and Registration, or ITR, also hosted a Travel Fair to provide information about discounted travel deals, luaus, cruises and other recreational opportunities available in Hawaii and on the mainland.

The Easter Bunny was on scene; children’s eyes lit up as it made its way to a photo booth and then later, hid Easter eggs for the hunt.

Children enjoy kid-friendly activities such as inflatable slides and rides during the event.

Children enjoy kid-friendly activities such as inflatable slides and rides during the event.

The field was filled with numerous activities for children, including ring toss, Skee-Ball, tic-tac-toe and face painting.

Parents snacked on funnel cakes, popcorn and other treats, while watching their children whirl in circles on the kiddie rides and jump in the inflatable moonwalks.

Units set up food booths to raise money for unit funds. One of the more popular food booths was the old-fashioned root beer float stand, hosted by Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 45th Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command.

Parents could get the latest information about discounted travel deals, luaus and cruises.“My husband is in the Army, and I’m glad that I am able to support him and the unit,” said Tiffany McIntosh, family readiness group leader for HHC, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde.

Joselynn Mitsuda; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, gave away door prizes, including a trip for two to Las Vegas, during a raffle drawing.

“I am so glad that military families are able to enjoy themselves,” Mitsuda said. “This is supposed to end at 2 p.m., but the lines to all the rides are still so long.”

Soon after though, the crowd faded, bouncers deflated, games wrapped up and the Easter Bunny hopped away.

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