Mira Vista Fall Festival embraces the season

By Zach Chouteau

The Mira Vista Fall Festival had special meaning to my family this past Saturday, as our five-year-old son began Kindergarten earlier this year at the elementary school in East Richmond Heights.

So the soiree of live performances, carnival games and other doings were made even more fun by encountering many fellow Mira Vista parents, students and friendly staff members. Logan’s teacher, Mrs. Carrousel, was even on hand tending to a ‘pumpkin ring toss,’ with her helpful husband assisting as well. The ring toss was one of several fall-themed game and art booths, with other excitement ranging from a ‘day of the dead’ beanbag toss to a leaf-tracing table.

Sprawling across the school’s massive outdoor blacktop area, the shindig attracted hundreds of attendees and also included a modest display of stupendous vintage cars, a makeshift haunted house, salsa-making contest and popular cake-walk competition. Yet another big hit was a brief performance from the school’s Glee Club.

Tasty food-stand offerings included spicy Mexican fare, and Nino’s Pizza serving up some wood-fired pies right on site. Pizza toppings even included some fresh ingredients straight from the school garden.

And finally, those dropping by the school auditorium/cafeteria discovered a massive ‘yard sale’ with wall-to-wall bargains donated by neighborhood families.

Mira Vista Elementary School is located at 6937 Hazel Ave. in East Richmond Heights. The festival was sponsored by the Mira Vista PTA.