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Giggles, games and goodies: St. Henry's Fun Fair

Little Remi VanCleef of Perham, sitting on mom Heather Lehman's lap at the fun fair Sunday, was all smiles and giggles as she got her face painted. Marie Johnson/FOCUS1 / 3
Big inflatable toys like bunnies, guitars, balls and more, were a hit with kids at the Fun Fair, who could 'purchase' the toys with tickets. Marie Johnson/FOCUS2 / 3
Large crowds filled the Perham Area Community Center on Sunday for the St. Henry's Fun Fair. An annual fundraiser for St. Henry's Area School, the event offered games and prizes for kids, food, and live and silent auctions for adults (shown). Marie Johnson/FOCUS3 / 3

It was games and goodies galore at the St. Henry’s Fun Fair on Sunday.

The gym at the Perham Area Community Center was packed with tables full of live and silent auction items, wall-to-wall kids’ games like Plinko and putting golf, food vendors and more for this year’s event.

The annual fundraiser is a long-running tradition in Perham, supporting Catholic education for more than 40 years.

Jason Smith, St. Henry’s Area School Principal, said the Fun Fair drew a large crowd of folks from both within and outside of the church, and while the final financial picture had not been painted yet at press time, he suspected $50,000 to $60,000 was raised.

“It felt like a successful day,” he said. “The turnout was really good.”

Brayden Ueke, of Frazee, his face painted up like Spiderman, has a go at the putting golf game. Kids could win a variety of priz

Donations for the auctions were up this year, according to Smith, with more than 230 live and silent auction items given to the cause, compared to the typical 200 or so.

“We’re very pleased that it’s such a community event and that we have so many sponsors and so many people that give to us,” he said. “I would guess there were probably 1,000 people there. That tells you it’s a nice community event for everybody. It’s a family event and we hope to continue offering it for a long, long time.”

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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