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Winter weather can’t stop 7th Annual Spring Fling

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster) A child checks the face-painting artist’s handy work at the 7th Annual Spring Fling April 11. The event, held in the Main Fitness Center, provided games, prizes, music, food and more for the Schriever community.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster) A child checks the face-painting artist’s handy work at the 7th Annual Spring Fling April 11. The event, held in the Main Fitness Center, provided games, prizes, music, food and more for the Schriever community.

By Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

The weather outside was frightful, but was no match for the warmth provided by the 50th Force Support Squadron as they hosted the 7th Annual Spring Fling in the Main Fitness Center April 11.

Hundreds of children and parents from the Schriever community walked through the doors of the fitness center to the sights and sounds of a western “hoe down” atmosphere.

“Unless it was cancelled again, the weather wasn’t an issue for us,” said Master Sgt. Alan Boland, 50th Security Forces Squadron. “We knew there’d be plenty of activities for our daughters to do indoors.”

Children were shown wanted posters of Col. Cary “Top Gun” Chun, Col. H.B. “Bandit” Brual, Col. Edward “One Shot” Baron, and Chief Master Sgt. Louis “No Law” Fischer. Once children spotted one of these “outlaws,” they yelled “you’re busted” and were rewarded with a sheriff’s star.

Children zigzagged across the gym floor, darting from booth to booth, which held such activities as putt-putt billiards, a basketball and softball toss, face painting, bowling and more. After a few rounds of each game, children were given a toy prize.

Members of the Ellicott Elementary School 2nd and 4th grade music classes came out to entertain the crowd in the gymnasium, playing country music tunes as everyone enjoyed the games.

Of course, no Spring Fling is complete without a visit with Hairy the Bunny himself.

Children lined up in the main hallway of the fitness center, eagerly anticipating a face-to-face meeting with their furry friend.

Parents snapped photos and children were given a goody bag to take home with them.

“It was a good experience as a family, knowing that I will be deploying soon,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Christopher Underwood, 50th Space Wing Chaplain’s office. “It’s important to do some fun things together as a family, making sweet memories for us to remember while I’m gone.”

Thea Wasche, 50th FSS director, said even though some things didn’t go as planned, she couldn’t have been happier with the turn out for this year’s event.

“It was great to see that over 1,500 people came out to support the event despite the winter-like weather,” Ms. Wasche said. “Adjustments had to be made, such as moving the events inside and the cancelation of the petting zoo, but we think everyone had a great time and really appreciated the efforts.”

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