Hallelujah Festival fun: Kids, costumes and candy fill Pavilion

Alejandro Real, 1, shows off his Spider-Man strength by pushing his red wagon filled with his pumpkin candy buckets and a firefighter hat given to youngsters during the popular Hallelujah Festival. (Photos by Tynise Jones)

From Spider-Man and Superman to power rangers and princesses, over 500 costumed children and adults flocked to the Hallelujah Festival on Tuesday evening at the Pavilion.

“Iron Man” William Horan (left) and Seawn Holt, both 10, play tic-tac-toe. one of more than 15 games featured at the Hallelujah Festival that was attended by more than 500 people.

The annual event, hosted by the Religious Support Office, featured an inflatable bounce house, more than 15 games, arts and crafts, and enough junk food to keep youngsters energized throughout the two-hour festival.

“We’ve been going here ever since my little one has been in a car seat,” National Guard Capt. Cynthea Tossie said. “Now, he’s 4 years old. We have a lot of fun every year.”

Children feasted on all-you-can-eat cotton candy, popcorn and candy. The mini turkey and ham and cheese sandwiches may have mellowed out the hyped-up kids just a bit.

“I’m having lots of fun,” said Jaeshaun May, 9, whose mother Jenne May works at the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center.

For some parents, the Hallelujah Festival has become an annual tradition.

“This is our second year, going” said Air Force Maj. Amy Horan of Patriot Ridge who accompanied her 10-year-old son William. “It’s a safe environment. The kids love the games. It’s a win-win all around.”

Children participate in arts and crafts during the annual Halleuljah Festival at the Pavilion. The two-hour event also featured an inflatable bounce house, games and lots of candy.
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