Trafton Fair draws crowds, supports school
August 27, 2008 · Updated 5:25 PM
ARLINGTON The Trafton Fair has been benefiting Trafton Elementary School since its inception in 1954, but according to Trafton Parent-Teacher Club President Kelly Roundy, the event is as big as ever, offering activities for attendees of all ages.
We drew nearly 300 children, including the five classes of our students pen-pals from Pioneer Elementary, Roundy said. I couldnt even begin to count how many adults showed up.
For the past 53 years, on the last Friday of every September, visitors to Trafton Elementary have found carnival games, live animals, food, face-painting, clowns, raffles for children and adults, along with music and booths for crafts and bakery items.
The proceeds generated by this event have gone toward field trips, playground equipment, ceremonies and awards to recognize student achievement and other programs and resources intended to improve the students learning and quality-of-life.
The Navy and Barbara Tolbert saved our morning by providing tents for the downpour, Roundy said as the sun emerged. We have some new games this year, plus the Snohomish County Fire Marshal brought the fire safety smokehouse.
Bruce Pulver, deputy fire marshal for the county, explained that the fog inside the trailer is safe for children to inhale, but that it simulates the experience of waking up at night inside of a house on fire.
They crawl foot to toe on their hands and knees, checking surfaces to see if theyre hot, since between the smoke and the lack of light, you cant see anything in there, Pulver said.
The Parent-Teacher Club paid for hamburger patties, pony rides and school district buses, the latter of which allowed the Arlington High School Jazz Band and their students pen-pals to attend. Firefighters from Arlington Heights allowed children to explore their trucks and test their hoses, while sailors from Naval Station Everett and Naval Radio Station Jim Creek provided dozens of volunteers to man various booths.
Its not a problem to get volunteers, said Navy Chief Petty Officer David Hernandez of Jim Creek. Everybody likes coming to the Trafton Fair.
As AHSs Jazzmine provided music for the days festivities, bids at the silent auction tables and purchases at the Country Store of arts and crafts contributed by students and families generated proceeds that are still being counted. Trafton PTC Treasurer Val Smith estimated that this years total earnings will add up to more than $8,000.
The Arlington community has been so supportive, Roundy said of the schools only fundraiser for the year. The donations from the downtown merchants alone have been incredible, especially considering what theyve been dealing with during the street construction.