Festival of Fun – St. Anselm School – Saturday, May 20th, 2017

By March 2, 2017Uncategorized

2017 Festival Media Release

35th Saint Anselm Festival of Fun Returns with New Attractions

San Anselmo, CA – The 35th annual Saint Anselm Festival of Fun returns on Saturday, May 20, from 10 am to 8 pm. This fun-filled day delights 1,500+ Marin and Ross Valley families with over 25 attractions: vintage carnival rides, prize games (cake wheel, pick-a-pop, salami toss and more), jumpy houses and slides, the Panther Café, strolling entertainers, face painting, and more. Admission is free, and tickets are purchased for the rides and games. New for 2017:

  • The 40’ Fiesta Balloon Ferris Wheel has beautifully handcrafted gondola balloons, and unlike the classic Ferris wheel, this ride is hexagonal! The popular and surprising inflatable Human Foosball makes its Festival debut.
  • The menu at the Panther Café features new offerings: mac n’ cheese, BBQ chicken sandwiches, Greek salad, curly fries, fine wines, and all-star local craft brews from the Lagunitas Brewing Company.
  • Audience participation is encouraged at the old-fashioned pie eating contest starting at 3pm onstage.
  • Strolling entertainers: Once-Upon-A-Song costumed fairytale characters (Snow White to Peter Pan) from 10:30am to 1:30pm; Seamore, the interactive, talking robot will greet and entertain guests from 11 am to 2 pm; the Bubble Buddy will make spectacular bubbles for the kids to chase, pop, and play in, and provide tubs and wands for them to make their own from 2 pm to 4 pm; and Buki the Clown will entertain with her balloon artistry starting at 4 pm and comedy and magic show at 5:30 pm.

Festival of Fun traditions return with the Giant Slide and Tea Cup rides, special Three Twins Ice Cream and Sugar Shack dessert stations, old-school prize games for all ages, and much more.

Kim Orendorff, St. Anselm School principal says, “The Festival is fun for the entire family, and brings the school and wider community together for a wonder-filled family celebration. We look forward to welcoming local families here.”

For more information, call 415.454.8867.

Time to sign up for shifts at the Festival of Fun!

The signups are finally here! Each school family is required to sign up for two 2-hour shifts (total of four hours) at the Festival. The SignUp Genius URL is:

 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b44aaab2aa3fd0-2017

As you know, beer and wine will be sold at the Festival again this year. Please remember that neither children nor alcohol are allowed in the booths at any time. Please make your shift choices and childcare arrangements accordingly. We appreciate your respect of those guidelines.

Thank you for your support of the Festival!

Join us for the 2017 Annual St. Anselm School Festival of Fun, Saturday, May 20th, 2017.

Admission is FREE!

Festival of Fun FAQ

Saturday, May 20

10 am to 8 pm

Saint Anselm School

40 Belle Avenue, San Anselmo

 

How much does it cost to attend? Admission is free, and tickets are purchased for rides plus prize and sports games.

Are bicycles allowed at the festival? Yes, and we ask that you park them just inside the entrance gate and lock them. No skateboards and bicycles are allowed inside the festival area for safety reasons.

Is entertainment free? All entertainment—onstage music and strolling entertainers—is free.

Can we bring our pets to the festival? No—pets are not allowed (except for legal service animals) for everyone’s health and safety.

Where is parking? Entrance to festival is on Richmond Avenue side of school. Parking is on streets adjacent to the school.

If I want to enjoy a beer or glass of wine do I need an ID? Anyone 21 years or older will need to have their valid ID checked to be served at the Panther Beer and Wine Garden. Festival organizers have the right to refuse service to anyone that is intoxicated, and such persons may be removed from the festival.

Are food and beverages available? Yes, the Panther Café offers a full lunch and dinner menu for the entire family, ranging from sandwiches to salads, hamburgers, hot dogs, mac n’ cheese, curly fries, and more. Beverages range from water to juices to soft drinks, plus craft micro-brews and selected wines.

Everything you need to know about participating in the Festival of Fun on May 20!

 The Festival of Fun is on Saturday, May 20th! Over the next few weeks we are going to be sending out information on what’s new, what you can do to help, and what you need to know to participate and make this an amazing event for the school.

What’s new this year? Find your fun!

Make room in your house again for salamis and stuffies—Festival favorites the Salami Toss and Animal Wheel will be back, along with all the other games of chance and skill (come on, it’s all skill, right?). This year, we’re adding more (yes, more!) great stuff to the lineup. We’ll have a 24’ Giant Slide inflatable (that’s two feet taller than the previous one), and—are you ready?—Human Foosball! Picture yourself strapped to a Foosball bar, running right and left with your teammates to get that ball through the defenders and into the goal. Imagine the table game; now think life-sized.

Seamore the interactive robot will be roaming the grounds talking to people, and the kids will love Buki the Clown’s balloon artistry and comedy magic show. The Bubble Buddy will make spectacular bubbles for the kids to chase, pop, and play in, and provide tubs and wands for them to make their own. For those who can’t resist a little gluttony, we’ve added a pie-eating contest this year. Signups will be the day of the Festival, so start practicing. Or maybe don’t.

All this talk making you thirsty? Lagunitas Brewing Company will be serving their IPA, Little Sumpin’, and Czech-Style Pils, to accompany the amazing Panther Café offerings, which this year will include a mac ‘n’ cheese bowl and BOTH regular and garlic curly fries. What?! PS: Those amazing Bavarian pretzels will be back.

Getting the word out—how you can help

We want the Festival to be a huge event for the school and the community. Please help us get the word out and get all your friends to come!

  • Put a poster in your car or business, a magnetic decal on your car, and/or a yard sign in your front yard. (Email Jim at jimfarley@comcast.net and he will get the materials to you)
  • Post the information on your Facebook page, Nextdoor, or other social media.
  • Forward the information to friends and family. You can copy and paste this blurb:

Join us for this great event! St. Anselm’s 35th annual Festival of Fun takes place on Saturday, May 20, from 10 am to 8 pm.  This fun-filled day delights 1,200+ Marin and Ross Valley families with over 25 attractions:  carnival rides, prize games (cake wheel, pick-a-pop, salami toss, and more), jumpy houses and slides, music, a café, strolling entertainers, face painting, and more. Admission is free, and tickets are purchased for rides and games.

Signing up for shifts on SignUp Genius

Each family is required to sign up for two 2-hour shifts (total of four hours) at the Festival. Signups will be by SignUp Genius again this year, and the signup will go live Tuesday, May 2 at 9:00am. The link and shift descriptions will be sent to all school families by email the day before.

As you know, beer and wine will be sold at the Festival again this year. Please remember that neither children nor alcohol are allowed in the booths at any time. Please make your shift choices and childcare arrangements accordingly. We appreciate your respect of those guidelines.