The event was designed to specifically entertain younger ages, but the kids were not the only ones excited; the adults enjoyed the event as well.
“It was a ton of fun! It seemed like everyone who went enjoyed it, including the adults,” said Cherie Pace.
Only $5 was required to enter the fair for 2 hours of fun. Each ancient empire had interactive and engaging stations that included arts and crafts, games, and foods.
Children entered the fair through an Egyptian pyramid. Kids could make bookmarks with their names stamped in Egyptian hieroglyphics and could make crowns. At another station, they could make a mummy by wrapping Fruit Roll-Ups around marshmallows and pretzels. They could race in a block moving competition, where they had to use ingenuity like the ancient Egyptians, who built structures without modern tools, by moving the blocks without picking them up or pushing them; the first one to cross the finish line won! Finally, they could play the Mummy Game, where they gathered around a “mummy” that guarded candy. The mummy was played by Matthew Cline. In order to get the candy, they had to answer true-or-false questions about ancient Egypt. Those correct were allowed to get closer to the mummy and steal the candy; those answering incorrectly had to take two steps back.
Next, participants passed through the Trojan Horse to enter Greece. There, kids could make flower crowns and bookmarks with their names in Greek letters. Another part of the Greek activities were the Olympic Games. Children could throw javelins at a lion to knock it down and play discus, trying to get a Frisbee through two hoops in one throw.
Finally, passing through a temple, the children entered Rome. In this area, kids could make helmets and mosaics. They could perform “surgery” like the Romans, by taking a white chocolate “bone” out of a cake pastry. Using pool noodles and small shields, they could enter the ring and fight like gladiators (under careful watch, or course!).
Circling the entire area of the fair, participants could take a ride in the Latin Club chariot pulled by two student-athletes, Austin Clark and Ford Faulk. Face painting was also a part of the fair, where kids could have their faces painted with an Egyptian ankh, a snake, a Roman helmet, and more.
The Latin Club plans to make this an annual event and hopes to expand and better it overall.
“We are very happy with the turn out to our first Classical Fair, and we hope for even more participation in the future,” said Scholars Academy Latin and Greek teacher Charles Gammel.
Many Scholars Academy students who are not members of the Latin Club volunteered to help not only at the fair but also after school for fair preparation, receiving community service hours for their assistance. Scholars Academy students are required to log 20 hours of community service during each year of enrollment.
Latin Club Vice President Malyce Collins looks forward to next year’s Classical Fair and hopes to inspire the younger ones to take an interest in the Scholars Academy’s Classics program.
“It was a lot of work but definitely worth it. It was great seeing so many people from the school come to help out, too.” said Collins.
The event was held in conjunction with the MacIntyre Park Middle School Bulldog Dash 5K and the Thomasville High School Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) lunch fundraiser.