Fun for all when Spring Fling comes to Seton

PLATTSBURGH The June 2006 closing of St. Johns School also meant the end of the annual May Festival, an event the whole community always looked forward to. Well the school and the event may be gone, but the Saints at Seton Academy are determined that the spirit of the May Festival will live on, just under another name. The first annual Seton Spring Fling is slated for May 20, from noon 5 p.m. and it promises to be a day filled with fun and excitement for students of all grade levels, families and friends. It will be a nice family day for young and old, said Darcy Ziemer, a member of the Saints parents support group at Seton Academy. It will be held rain or shine, with both indoor and outdoor activities planned. She and fellow Saint, Susan Pellerin, explained that they have planned it to be similar to a field day, so that even those who have no ties to the Catholic schools would be drawn to the event. Admission to Setons Spring Fling will be free. While the former May Festival activities tended to be geared towards children from Pre-K 6, this newer version will have something for everyone. Therell be games for people of all ages, including duck pond, bean bag toss, Gatorade toss, dime toss, hockey shoot, balloon pop, goldfish and duck shoot for the younger children, and free throw, volleyball, badminton, tug of war, soccer shoot, quarterback, golf shoot and baseball throw for older kids and adults to enjoy. The three-on-three basketball tournament will be their chance to showcase the new Seton Catholic gymnasium, Zeimer said. We are excited about that because there was a big campaign to have the gym built, this will give everyone a chance to see it, said Pellerin. The ladies also revealed plans to have a dunking booth featuring area coaches as well as a chance to Dunk the Devil NYS Trooper Todd St. Lewis, who has children attending Seton Academy. He said hes really looking forward to getting the kids going, Pellerin laughed. Theres more. Spring Fling will include a plant sale, with flowers, hanging baskets, vegetable plants and shrubs to choose from. There will be plenty to eat, including a chicken barbecue as well as all the traditional fair staples sausage and peppers, burgers, hot dogs, Michigans, French fries, nachos, fried bread dough, popcorn, cotton candy and Stewarts ice cream. A bakeshop will feature some of the Seton families best homemade treats that can either be purchased or won by taking a chance on the wheel game. For those feeling lucky, there will be raffles with an afghan to give away, pull tabs, 50/50 games and lottery number tickets (good for the month of July). And music will fill the air with entertainment by Branded, KTK and open microphone karaoke. Local musician, singer, songwriter Lita Kelly will be performing both solo and with the Seton Academy and Seton Catholic chorus. For those wondering about the Peddlers Post, which is another traditional event, it will be held at Seton Academy on June 19.

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