September 18, 2018

11th annual Eagle Festival to swoop in again


FAIRVIEW –– The annual Eagle Festival will be held Oct. 13-14 to celebrate and fundraise for the Fairview Area Schools athletic department.

Event organizer Bobbi Ross said the festival is held similarly to having a spirit week.

“We have something similar to a Spirit Week with Eagle Festival, but it isn't silliness like Homecoming Spirit Week.,” she said. “For Eagle Festival, we call it Pride Week and we focus on a different sport to highlight each day. Students are encouraged to wear a shirt or other clothing specific to the sport of the day.”

This year’s Pride Week days will be soccer on Monday, cross country and track on Tuesday, basketball on Wednesday, volleyball on Thursday and Eagle Festival Day on Friday. Students can wear a past Eagle Festival shirt or any Fairview gear on this day.

Ross said she is looking forward to Eagle Festival this year for many reasons.

“As always, there are a variety of activities and lots of good food,” she said. “There will be all kinds of things to look at, buy and do. The car show is a great spectator favorite and the crafters will have fun items for sale, as might some of the businesses. There will be a silent auction with all kinds of donated items for bid. Everyone loves to look for treasures and bargains in the garage sale, which is all done by donation.”

Ross said there will also be activities for kids and their families to do during the event.

“The kids love the inflatable activities, and this year we are adding a rock painting station in the kids' area,” she said. “Another thing for the kids is the 2-on-2 basketball tournament. We've decided to start it later this year so hopefully those who are busy working in the morning or those who are at the Cross meet can participate. The basketball tournament and volleyball tournaments are fun for spectators, too. Of course, the food is a huge draw. We have a pancake breakfast from 8-11 and then the BBQ rib dinner starting at noon. The breakfast is by donation and the dinner is $12 for a half-rack, beans, coleslaw, roll, cookie and drink. There are also a couple of 50/50 drawings throughout the day on Saturday.”

Ross said as far as donations, last year they stayed consistent with the $5,000 they usually raise with the event. The money all goes back into the school’s athletic department to help with rising costs.

“Obviously, we'd love to see that profit grow,” she said. “That's my goal - growth. Anything more than $5000 would be great; the more the better. The athletic department now has to pay 100 percent of our transportation costs as they were a shared cost for the past few years, and that is a huge expense. If we want to be able to continue to offer busing, we have to raise more money to pay for it. Previously, Eagle Festival monies were more for the extras like new uniforms and equipment; now, with the added transportation costs, uniforms and equipment will take a backseat to paying for the necessities like officials, entrance fees, and busing. The athletic department is now 100 percent self-supporting. The school's budget does not pay for anything related to sports.”

Ross said the attendance is usually pretty high for the festival but they can never be too sure on specific numbers. She was hoping for good attendance this year, weather permitting.

“We don't really have a good way to keep track of the number of people at the festival,” she said. “One year we tried to do a headcount by catching cars at the entrance and giving a ticket for a door prize to every person who entered the campus. That year we counted approximately 800 people, and that year seemed to be exceptional, with great weather and higher than average profits, but we haven't seen those profits again, so I'm not sure on the number of people who come. It's really hard to keep track, and it means several more volunteers to try to keep track the way we did that year. We just don't have the extra people and we haven't come up with a better way.”

Ross said she is looking forward to a successful festival with lots of participation and activities.

“I like all of the activities, and I guess the most satisfying for me is that it is a decent fundraiser,” she said. “It is a ton of work for a very few people, but knowing I contributed to it and knowing that it is successful makes it worth it. Really, any profit is success, but knowing this is something everyone looks forward to and then comes and enjoys makes it successful, and that makes it worth it.”

The Festival will take place at Fairview Schools located at 1879 East Miller Rd. in Fairview. For more information, call 989-848-7042 or email


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