The Fall Fair, a Pace tradition since 1963, is a highlight for the whole school, especially the lower and middle schoolers who enjoy the rides, inflatable bounce castles, face painting, karaoke, and many other kid friendly activities. Though these types of activities are exciting and fun for the younger students, some may wonder why the older students who have been going to the fair for years still show up. Many upper schoolers are actually required to go if they are a part of Student Council, or yearbook, or have signed up to volunteer. Junior Anna Luetters admits that she “really only go[es] to get the goldfish” and senior Annie Kate Pottle said that she “goes for the food.” Though Anna and Annie Kate speak for many, senior Joey Capelouto still enjoys the fair, making sure to “swing by the karaoke, MASH tent, and Haunted House every year.” Junior Erik Howard also looks forward to the fair, “to pick up the ladies,” while senior Renee Lewis “honestly go[es] to jump on the moon bounce.”

Students who don’t go to the fair also have their reasons. For instance, junior Lauren Flick said, “I don’t go any more. I’ve been going since pre-first, and it’s kind of boring now.” Junior Josh Rogers claimed, “I wish I could go but it usually conflicts with cross country meets, so we always miss out.”

Though you will be sure to find all your favorite activities at the fair, there are always new attractions and surprises that keep the fair interesting. Last year, Pace’s very first flash mob broke out on the back field much to the excitement of the students and parents who witnessed it. This year, in keeping with the “Chamber of Wizards” theme, Transformation Alley will be set up in Boyd Gym, where “Flippity Doo Da” will turn video clips into personalized flipbooks. There will also be an environmentally friendly potting shed, where artists and non-artists can decorate recycled shoes and pot plants inside them.

Another new concept this year is Fall Fair guides. This service is designed for parents of young children who feel pulled by their kids in a million directions. For $10 an hour, a responsible member of the junior class will watch Pace Lower School children, accompanying them while they explore their favorite activities, allowing parents to volunteer, shop, or just enjoy the fair themselves. All proceeds will benefit the junior class. As usual, there will be lots of food, a street market, and plenty of activities for everyone!

By Shaista Dhanesar, Opinion Editor ’14

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