COLUMBIA — Parents, students and teachers gathered on the blacktop behind Fairview Elementary School on Friday afternoon for this year's Fairview Fever Festival.
Between 500 and 600 people ate, played games and participated in a raffle and silent auction.
Children make sand candy art with colorful designs and waited in line for the inflatable bouncy castle. Girls had pink streaks sprayed into their hair, and boys got mustaches and goatees painted on their faces.
"I love that my kids are with their best friends. There's always a good sense of community," said Fairview parent Abby Brubaker. "It's also a beautiful day."
Brubaker's son Henry, 6, won a Kit Kat from the candy bar and cake walk.
"I like that we can do a lot of fun stuff," he said. "I like the candy walk and I like the bouncy house."
About 200 volunteers spent several months organizing the festival, which helps raise money for the PTA to fund field trips and other school events.
PTA member Kim Deutschmann helped with the raffle. "I love the camaraderie of the whole Fairview family," she said.
The most popular item in the silent auction was an autographed photo of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson. Several gift cards were offered, as well as certificates allowing students to throw a pie at Principal Diana DeMoss and Assistant Principal Kelsey Morris.
PTA member Christine Simon worked the volunteer table at the festival.
"I have four kids, three left at Fairview, and to see them come back when they can is great," she said.