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FSS holds fairy tale-theme Spring Fling

Christian Morrow, 9, focuses on his target during a target shooting game at the Spring Fling March 31, 2012. The Spring Fling is an annual fun-filled event for children hosted by the 50th Force Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke)

By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Fairy tale characters, princes and princesses will gather at Schriever for a magical day as part of the Children’s Spring Fling 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 23 at the Main Fitness Center.

The 50th Force Support Squadron will host the 12th annual event for the children and family members of active-duty personnel, Department of Defense and non-appropriated fund civilians, contractors and retired military working on Schriever.

“This year we are focusing on our theme, ‘Once Upon a Time,’” said Mary Barkley, Airman and Family Services Flight chief. “It’s going to be a storybook theme. We are encouraging children and adults to dress in costume of their favorite story book character.”

The festivity will feature, petting zoo, pony rides, balloon art, bounce houses, face painting, games and complimentary lunch. Participating children will also receive an opportunity to win some prizes, including electronic items. Hairy the Bunny and his fairytale friends will also join the celebration.

“Part of the reason why we are doing this is because we don’t have the infrastructure like those on other bases, such as golf course or teen programs,” said Lynn Sleeth, 50 FSS Marketing manager. “This is our way of meeting the needs of the community in terms of morale welfare and recreation.”

The whole event, including games and prizes, is paid for by outside community partners through the Air Force Commercial Sponsorship Program.

Additionally, the 50 FSS is looking for approximately 100 volunteers for the set up and tear down of the event as well as other duties. People interested in volunteering should contact Derek Hamby at 567-2754.

“This is our way to give back to the community,” said Barkley. “It’s a worthwhile event that we can provide to Team Schriever. We look forward to the festivities.”

For more information, call 567-4740 or read this month’s Happenings.

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