Mad Hatter Fall Festival furnishes fun for families
by John DeFoor
Oct 09, 2011 | 1638 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Summer Stone sees how many hoops she can keep going at MH Industries’ Mad Hatter Fall Festival on Saturday. Activities included face painting, craft making, games and plenty of snacks and food. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Summer Stone sees how many hoops she can keep going at MH Industries’ Mad Hatter Fall Festival on Saturday. Activities included face painting, craft making, games and plenty of snacks and food. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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On Saturday local business MH Industries and friends hosted a free fall festival at their location in Cartersville.

The owner of MH Industries, Will McEliece, said the goal of the event was to give children and families with less opportunities a day to have a good time. He, along with a group of friends, organized the event, which featured three bounce houses; facepainting; necklace and picture frame making; snow cones, cookies, and popcorn. The festival even included a fishing game where children would fish for toys.

Shannon Feuerhelm caught a tiger toy for her 5-month-old son, Mason Wyatt.

"It's innocent, it's clean fun," Shannon said. " I think that when people are going through hard times, kids shouldn't be left out."

Originally Will planned to throw a birthday party for a friend by renting out a bounce house. This birthday party grew into an event for three friends, then the group realized they could use the inflatables for the community, too.

Since they had the bounces for the entire day, Will said they decided, "Let's make this into some good use in the morning."

"While we're already having a big event, why not have one for the kids?" said Andrea, a friend of Will who helped coordinate the event.

According to Will, she was "the No. 1 reason it worked out, calling her 'the boss.' She pretty much worked till midnight every night," he said.

Many of Will's friends and family members came to help at the event. Andrea described the group as a big family. Some dressed up for the event as characters such as a clown, pumpkin, cowboy and witch. The group even provided transportation to some of the children.

"Some of the kids in foster homes don't have a mode of transportation," Andrea said.

Other organizations also helped. Kimberly Davis from Georgia Hope was able to contact various shelters and foster homes to spread the word of the event. North Cobb Christian School donated a popcorn maker, a snow cone maker, tables and chairs for the event.

"I think its a good thing to give back to the kids," Andrea said. "I'm a kid at heart."

According to Will, about 60 kids came Saturday. He is thankful for all the help he received from his friends and family and hopes to host another festival in the future. "Maybe Christmas," he said.

"It was great to see all the kids smiling and laughing, not wanting to leave," Andrea said.

Cynthia Stone brought her two children Summer, 9, and Levi, 8, out to the event early Saturday morning.

"It gave these kids an opportunity to have fun," she said. "You don't know how much I appreciate this place for doing this. It shows people out there really care."

MH Industries works on vehicles providing hot rod and custom fabrication, sheet metal shaping, and wielding.