Harvest Fest is Bumper Crop of Fun

The county fair stopped by North Godwin Elementary School for Harvest Day, when students met a horse and goats, played games for treats, made crafts and took tractor-hitched hayrides.

The event, which the school has hosted for 12 years, is an alternative to a traditional Halloween party, and involves a half-day of autumn-themed fun, supported by local businesses that provide discounts for food and materials.

Staff members turned the basketball court into a makeshift pumpkin patch, where students picked out gourds. “It’s a beauty! I found a beauty!” shouted one first-grader as he grabbed his mini-pumpkin.

A blindfolded student doesn’t know Godwin Heights Superintendent William Fetterhoff is waiting in front of the jack-o-lantern game

Fourth-grader Usher Laurencio gets his face painted by Hannah Kimzler, a Grandville High School sophomore

Students climb off the hayride after a tour of the playground

Third-graders Nialeah Sparks and Aliyah Santiago are ready for the hayride

“Farmer Greg” Height, maintenance director, annually provides the hayrides via tractor

Students walk for cake and other treats

Third-grader Breanna Strickland shows off her cat ears and whiskers

Third-graders Omariyah Wilson-Smith and Kendrick Mayhue make decorations

Students work on their crafts

Students look for the perfect mini-pumpkin

Students meet Sunny the horse

Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2013. Read Erin's full bio

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