McPolin’s Fall Festival is Friday |

McPolin’s Fall Festival is Friday

Alan Maguire, The Park Record

McPolin Elementary School is holding its annual Fall Festival this Friday, Oct. 3. The event is a big fundraiser for the school, helping with everything from sports equipment to science kits to field trips. Last year’s event even funded an upgraded security system to check-in visitors at the school.

Friday’s event will resemble a carnival for kids of all ages, including games, a dunk tank, a dressage performance and a performance by Park City High School senior Austin Wolfe, who was recently a Top-30 finalist on "American Idol."

The main event, though, will be the conclusion of the Festival’s silent auction.

Approximately 225 items, worth around $85,000 total, are currently up for bidding online via BiddingForGood. Betty Bush, McPolin PTO Treasurer and the chair of the Fall Festival, said approximately 90 percent of the items were donated by people and businesses in the community.

Gift certificates for seemingly every restaurant and business service in town are available through the auction. There are also works of art and handmade clothing by local artists, sports equipment, gift baskets, musical instruments, and golf and travel packages. The travel packages include a two-night stay at the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel and at the Montage Deer Valley.

A few high-value trips, like those to Maui, California’s wine country, Aruba and Florida were donated by BiddingForGood and bids can be entered on that site.

Online bidding ends Wednesday, but that’s not the end of the auction.

"The great thing is even though the online auction ends Wednesday, at the actual event on Friday it turns into a silent auction," Bush said.

Every available auction item will be on its own clipboard Friday and bids will be accepted until the end of the event, at 7 p.m. Bush and her staff will then make phone calls that night to every auction winner to let them know of their successful bids.

The event funds many different needs at McPolin Elementary. About $35,000 is earmarked for enrichment programs and supplies. The dual-immersion library needs updating, every classroom needs a new science kit and the basketball hoops in the playground need replacing. The auction will also fund field trips for every grade to The Leonardo museum in Salt Lake City, as well as shorter trips to the National Ability Center.

McPolin Elementary School’s Fall Festival is scheduled for this Friday, Oct. 3, from 4-7 p.m. at the school, 2270 Kearns Blvd. in Park City. There is an entry fee of $1 per person. Various games and carnival-style food will be available so people are encouraged to bring cash. Friday’s silent auction will accept credit cards. The online auction, open through Wednesday at 2 p.m., can be located by visiting and searching for "McPolin."

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