Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Ruth Pagán
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
The bright yellow and orange colors of the leaves and the cool breeze set the tone for the Warhorse Fall Festival at Turkey Creek Ranch, Oct. 19.
The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, along with the brigade Family readiness group, sponsored, organized and funded the event, which was free to the “Warhorse” Brigade Soldiers and Families.
“We are very excited to host the first Warhorse Fall Festival,” said Col. Omar Jones IV, commander, 2nd BCT, 4th Inf. Div. “This is a great way to get everybody together to enjoy being part of the team, and for us to celebrate the end of our reset and start the training cycle.”
The festival had a variety of events for Soldiers and their Families to participate in, such as a haunted house, face painting, a bounce house, horseshoe toss, pie-eating and costume contests, three-legged zombie race, pumpkin golf, pumpkin bowling, pie tossing, chili cook-off, hay rides, candy crafts and various other games.
“Each battalion was in charge of holding an event, one for children and one for adults, but the battalions went above and beyond and are having anywhere from three to six events each,” said Valarie Adams, 2nd BCT Family Readiness Group leader. “There (was) a lot going on.”
For the Soldiers who volunteered, this was an opportunity to get creative in the festival activities.
“This has been strictly volunteer, no one has been forced to do this and we’ve had a blast making our haunted house,” said Sgt. Harry Brown, Troop B, 2nd Special Troops Battalion. “We’ve created this, and the turnout has been a million times better than any of us expected.”
The festival would not have been possible without the many people who contributed to the event, said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thianar Djigal, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment.
“We want to say a big thank you to everybody who came out here and helped make this possible: the fire department, Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard, the battalions and their Soldiers, the FRG and all the Families,” Jones said in his opening remarks.
The event brought the Warhorse community together and allowed children to have a good time.
“My favorite part was seeing (my daughter) just have fun; she really liked the playgrounds and the bouncy houses,” said Kayci Jardine, wife of a 2nd STB, 2nd BCT Soldier. “We had a good time just wandering around.”