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IF YOU GO - What: Star Center's Fall Fest Who's doing it: Star Center's PTO When: Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Star Center School, W1380 Lake Geneva Highway, Bloomfield Township. Most activities will take place in the gymnasium. Why: Games, crafters, a car show, inflatables, drawings, prizes, food.
September 14, 2011 | 07:53 AM
BLOOMFIELD — The more events the better. Essentially, that's how Star Center Principal Betsy Schroeder looks at it.

The school and its parent-teacher organization play a pivotal role toward providing the community with entertainment, such as picnics, bicycle rodeos, and on Saturday, Fall Fest.

But is it too much?

Schroeder said although there are several events happening throughout the area, it's clearly a good thing.

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"I think families have to just pick and choose while we give kids lots of opportunities," she said. "We just feel like it's part of our responsibility ... I don't think you can ever have too many events."

But Fall Fest is one of the newer annual affairs at Star Center.

"The PTO used to have a fall festival during the day at school for kids," Schroeder said. "It had been a tradition here for many, many years, but they moved it to the weekend last year for the first time and focused on having it be a family event. We had a great turnout last year."

She said Fall Fest was such a success organizers decided not to change the event roster too much.

Although there will be some new games for children, the crafters and car show will be a featured part of the event once again.

The PTO's Scholastic Book Fair also takes place during this event.

There will be food, drawings and prizes. Admission is free, but some activities are not, Schroeder said.

"Last year, I enjoyed the cake walk and the golf game, but it's just because I was doing them both," she said with a laugh. "I enjoyed spending time with the families and getting to see them have fun."

Fall Fest is another community event Schroeder said likely will continue each year, and be popular.

"I think any time we offer something in the community, it draws in families," she said. "Or any time anyone does something, like with (the recent) Kids Day Out. I think there were over 600 kids there this year. The families really respond when we offer these events, even with something like our community picnic."

Why? Schroeder said it's the same reason they open the school library to the public during the summer, or why they have a community garden.

"We have very much a community school," she said.

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