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Madness coming to town

PORTHENRY-Moriah Central School will be a bit crazier than usual Saturday, March 26.

That's when the school Parent-Teacher Organization will host its annual Moriah Madness 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"This is an event that not only serves as a fundraising event for our organization, but it is also an affordable, fun-filled event for families to come to and enjoy together," said Rose Rice of the PTA. "One hundred percent of funds raised by the PTA are used to benefit the school and the students. This is our biggest fundraising event of the year."

Admission is $3 a child, grade 6 and younger, with a $10 cap for a family of four or more children. Adults are admitted free. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more than a decade, Moriah Madness has featured games and prizes, Penelope the Clown, face painting, arts and crafts, a book fair, a basket raffle, bake sale, and concession. It's a popular event, attracting hundreds of people.

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"I'd say 250-300 children, plus one or two parents per family will attend," Rice said. "Parents get in free so it's hard to say how many adults, maybe 300 or 400."

A focus of Moriah Madness is reading, Rice said. To encourage students to read, a buy-one, get-one free Scholastic Book Fair will be part of the event. The Reading is Fundamental program will also be hand as will the Literacy Volunteers of Essex County.

Community service will also be highlighted at Moriah Madness. A collection box will be set up near the entrance for people wishing to make a donation to the Moriah Food pantry.

Moriah Madness is a day of fun and games, Rice noted, but the highlight may well be the pie throwing contest.

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