Kids Kampus Community Fun Fest to be held Sunday


The ballooon origami artist returns to Kids Kampus Community Fun Fest this year and will be making hats, animals, and other shapes by request. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Members of the community are invited to attend the third annual Kids Kampus Community Fun Fest fundraiser in the Clayton Ridge gymnasium on Sunday, March 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fun Fest is a family-style carnival complete with food, games, and prizes for all ages. The Kids Kampus parent group, including Crystal Duwe, Annette Willenborg, Julie Hansel, Sam Schroeder and Sara Cherne, has been working with the organization’s board since January to organize the event. 

Tickets are on sale now for a 50:50 raffle, which has paid out $1,200 to one lucky winner at each of the last two events. Local businesses and community members donated cash and prizes for all ages to a junior raffle that will also take place at the Community Fun Fest. Dr. Dre Beats headphones, an American Girl doll, Joe’s Pizza gift certificates, two nine-hole rounds of golf including green fees at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club, and a family pass to the Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool are among the long list of prizes. The junior raffle prize drawing will be held at 2:30 p.m., and entrants must be present to win.

Concessions will be served, and a variety of unique games are being planned. Adults may play cash-prize bingo. Children will enjoy a bounce house, cotton candy, and a balloon animal artist. Minute-to-win-it style contests include Tic Tac tweezers, cereal scramble, Oreo forehead, ice cube stacking, mummy wrap, and many more. Families can participate in a cakewalk and a hatwalk, along with games like fishpond, balloon darts, and a toilet paper toss. Children are invited to ‘feed’ an elephant, and those with a strong stomach can even pick gooey prizes from a giant nose. 

In the past, the Community Fun Fest has raised an estimated $4,000 for the nonprofit childcare facility. “We have used profits from the previous two years to improve our playground,” said Amy Crane, Kids Kampus board member. “The playground project was a $25,000 project made possible by a grant from Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation and donations from Guttenberg area businesses and community members. We are so grateful for all of the community support of our non-profit daycare!”

“Our next project will be to make improvements to our building. We want to remodel a bathroom and the entry to the building to make them handicap accessible. The board has not yet obtained bids for this project, but will be doing so in the coming months. Our goal with this fundraiser is to get started and hopefully obtain a base for matching funds should we apply for a grant,” Crane told The Press. 

Kids Kampus Community Childcare serves 40 area families, with children from six weeks of age to twelve years. To help provide matching funds for upcoming projects, please contact Cindy Niehaus, director, at 252.2394.

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