BUCKHANNON — Upshur County’s Stockert Youth and Community Center (SYCC) collaborated with the 80th Annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival’s to host Family Fun Night on Tuesday, May 17. Organizers stated the participation for the event was greater than expected. With a super fun scavenger hunt, a homemade smoothie table, face painting and visits from the Ice Queen and Bowtie Man, it seemed as most of the county came out to enjoy.
Upon arriving, children were given a small piece of paper with the scavenger hunt on it. They were then able to visit all the tables in order to stamp each activity for a chance to win in the final drawing. Kids enjoyed a bounce house, crafts supplied by Head Start and balloon animals. There were also concessions available for purchase and free strawberry plants were handed out.
USDA Snakes of West Virginia with Roy Moose was also in attendance as a scavenger hunt stamp. There were several snakes, such as the northern water snake, the garter snake, the northern copperhead and the timber rattlesnake, on display for children to see. Everyone in attendance had the opportunity to hold the Garter or the water snakes. Moose gave information about each snake to those interested in learning more about the species.
The entire SYCC facility, both inside and out, was filled with laughter and happiness that continued throughout the entirety of the event. During the night, the organizers hosted a costume contest. The winner for single costume was 3-year-old Maezie Koon, who won a gift basket. Five-year-old Valley Creed and his mother Savannah Lawrence won the group costume contest. Creed was so happy about winning that he could not wait to get home to open the gift basket he and his mother had won.
Make sure to check out the rest of the amazing events that the festival has to offer!