Jessica Blocker – Manchester, TN
Autumn Children's Festival
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga will host its 24th Annual Autumn Children’s Festival on Saturday, October 5th from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 6th from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Tennessee Riverpark on Amnicola Highway. The festival features activities for children of all ages including: mobile Rolling Video Game Theater, giant inflatables, carnival games with fun prizes, arts and crafts, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, Ronald McDonald Magic Show, costumed character appearances, plus health, wellness and educational programs. Admission and parking are free. Cost of activities ranges from 50 cents to $3.00. Proceeds benefit families with critically ill and injured children at the Ronald McDonald House.
The Autumn Children's Festival has become the largest and longest running children's festival in our area. It is a partnership with the Tennessee Society of CPAs and other local sponsors.
The Autumn Children’s Festival attracts 3,000 – 3,500 children and families during the 2 day event. It generates approximately $50,000 – $55,000 for Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House Charities each year. More than 350 adult and student volunteers from the Greater Chattanooga area help with the event planning, set-up, operation and clean-up of the festival every year. In 2011, the event raised more than $52,000 for the organization which helped pay for operational expenses for Ronald McDonald House and Family Room for approximately 36 days. The daily cost to run both facilities is $1,430 per day.
For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Tiffany Cobb (423) 778-4338. We need a lot of volunteers for this event. Please let us know if you'd like to help! Your support helps provide a "home away from home" for families with critically ill and injured children when they need it most.