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JBA Fall Festival strengthens military community

Over-all photo of Fall Festival

Personnel on Joint Base Andrews, Md., celebrate the annual Fall Festival at Chapel One on JBA, Md. Oct. 31, 2018. The Fall Festival brought in approximately 1,000 attendees for events such as Trunk or Treat, a car show and free BBQ. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa D. Van Hook)

Tonya Wright Judges a costume contest

Tonya Wright, spouse of the Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, Kaleth O. Wright, announces the costume contest winners with Lt. Col. Julian Gaither, 11th wing senior chaplain, on Oct. 31, 2018 at JBA, Md. Wright showed her support for the Fall Festival by assisting the chaplains and making an appearance for the JBA community.

Two kids pose with their dad.

Two contestants for the Fall Festival costume contest on JBA, Md., pose alongside their father on Oct. 31, 2018. Other than the costume contest, activities available at the festival included Trunk or Treat, a petting zoo and hay rides. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa D. Van Hook)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. --  

The JBA Chaplain Corps hosted the annual Fall Festival here for thousands of attendees, Oct. 31.

Capt. Michael Farar, an 11th Wing Chaplain, said the event was the largest Fall Festival ever seen on base.

“This year was about three to five times the size of last year,” said Farar. “Last year, [the chaplains] bought three hundred meals, there were sixteen [decorated] trunks and an estimated 600 to 800 attendees.”

Being the biggest Fall Festival yet, the chaplains and volunteers prepared 1,500 meals, even with only half the attendees eating. Farar said they were overwhelmed with the participation.

Over 150 volunteers from 10 different squadrons showed up to support the festival. Even Tonya Wright, spouse of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, participated by presenting awards to costume contest winners.

“It was a win for everyone who came out,” said Farar, adding that the event's goal was to build a sense of family within the military community.


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