President, Arlington Memorial Gardens
Anybody who thought today’s kids were only interested in video games would have been in for a big surprise at the first annual Kids Fall Festival held at Arlington Memorial Gardens on Saturday, October 5.
|Bobbing for apples was a delight at the first annual Arlington Kids Fall Festival.|
Smiling faces and squeals and screeches of joy filled the Arlington Memorial Gardens grounds as our young visitors moved from sack races to the old-fashioned bobbing for apples game. And then proceeded to a pumpkin ring toss and then decorated those pumpkins.
The Arlington Kids Fall Festival presented strong evidence that kids are still kids, regardless of the digital attractions that surround them today. And, according to John Wright, Arlington Memorial Gardens Coordinator of Special Events, it was hard to tell who was enjoying themselves more -- the kids or their parents.
The comments we heard from parents were as rewarding as the smiles on their children’s faces. One mother said, "This reminds me so much of when I was a kid" while another offered, "This event is just perfect."
Arlington Memorial Gardens Kids Fall Festival made it abundantly apparent that the activities of a much earlier era still retain their timeless appeal.
As part of our commitment to the community, Arlington Memorial Gardens proudly hosts many events during the course of the year including Remembrance Services, Summer Concerts, Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Sunrise Service, and Bereavement Series – and we are proud to make the Arlington Kids Fall Festival a regular event here, as well.
If you have thoughts on any other events, you’d like to see us host in the future, please contact Arlington Memorial Gardens.
Please click here to see photos from the First Annual Kids Fall Festival at Arlington Memorial Gardens.
Daniel Applegate became part of the Arlington Memorial Gardens organization in 2001 and has worked in the cemetery industry since 1981, including serving as Secretary/Treasurer and then as President of the Ohio state cemetery association. He was appointed by Ohio Governor George Voinovich and served two terms on the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission, Ohio's cemetery oversight agency. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.