The 18th annual Hy-Vee Community Kids Fest, an opportunity for students to earn money for their schools, will be Sept. 20 at the Crossroads Mall. Each student in kindergarten through fourth grade from the Fort Dodge Community Schools, St. Edmond Catholic Schools, Community Christian, St. Paul Lutheran, Prairie Valley, Southeast Webster Grand, Manson Northwest Webster and Rockwell City/Lytton Schools will be invited to participate and compete for their school.
The students will participate for points in each of the games set up at the booths. Parental supervision is required, and parents are also invited to join in and earn additional points.
The schools will be separated into categories, based on the number of students in their school. Top schools with the highest attendance and the greatest number of points will receive the most money . They will be competing to earn their share of more than $10,000.
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Ron Huffman, of Fort Dodge, tries his best to hula hoop along with his nephew Seth Ramirez, 8, during the 2010 Kids Fest at the Crossroads Mall. The event is sponsored by the Fort Dodge HyVee Store.
Each school will receive a minimum of $500 for participation. The Fort Dodge Public Library will receive $500 to purchase books and materials for its children's department.
This year, the theme is "Giving Back for our Future." Organizers of the event this year thought it would be beneficial to share ways in which youths and families can get involved to make our community better for the future.
"It will be fun to see what kinds of projects the students would like to volunteer their time at to make our Fort Dodge community stronger," said Ann Halbur, marketing and events coordinator for Hy-Vee.
Sponsoring businesses include Hy-Vee, Citizens Community Credit Union, Frontier, Nestle Purina Pet Care, Iowa Central Community College, Hy-Vee Drugstore, Media Com, Lomitas Mexican Restaurant, Younkers, Trinity Healthy Living, Jim's Carpet One, Little Joe's Computers, Valero Renewables, New Covenant Christian Church,BoehringerIngelheim, The Messenger, The Fort Dodge Community REC, Hardees, Target Stores, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa along with United All Stars and Zumba Fitness.
Sponsoring Vendors include Land O'Lakes, Jose Ole, Pasquale's Pizza, DiLusso Deli Company, Farmland Foods, Robert's Dairy,Johnsonville, Hy-Vee Grand Selections, Land O'Frost, Kemps Ice Cream, Dr. PepperSnapple Bottling, Farm Rich and Tai Pei.