More than 160 people– newborn to octogenarian– gathered in the beautiful Sunday sunshine on Sep. 24 for the Fiat Family Fun Fest.
Lead musician Kevin Heider, accompanied by Capuchin Brother Ross and Paul Rousseau (Chairman of the Fiat Classical Board of Directors), provided fantastic music for the afternoon event.
While some parked their chairs and blankets in front of the stage, others gathered under the bountiful shade of a large tree to partake in the bake sale or to learn more about Fiat Classical Academy.
Children stood in line to have their faces painted by three talented volunteers who had prepared posters of many options, but often impressively created spontaneous designs upon request.
Children and teens participated in field games and athletic pursuits.
The FCA popcorn machine popped all afternoon to the delight of many who partook in the salty treat.
Greeting cards, designed by some of the youngest Fiat fans, were for sale to benefit Fiat Classical Academy.
Volunteers and the family of our Board of Directors sported new FCA t-shirts, with more shirts being launched into the crowd during intermission. When the Governing Board members and their families were called to the stage the familial nature of this undertaking became evident – the six Board members combined have 28 children, ranging in age from newborn to young adults. This is truly a ministry of families serving families.
The crowd waved to the drone manned by Heroic Strategies’ co-owner Michael Romero and spontaneously spelled “FIAT” on the ground. Look for the footage in an upcoming promotional video.
Attendees traveled from throughout southeastern Indiana, Cincinnati, Ohio and northern Kentucky to chat and laugh together. We loved seeing people meet and hearing their enthusiasm for classical education and for the birth of a classical school in the Tri-State area. Fiat Family Fun Fest was a microcosm of what FCA hopes to do – to bring people together to receive and cultivate beauty, truth and goodness.
We are grateful to the many volunteers who provided a table teeming with treats and served in various capacities during the event.
We are also humbled by our sponsors, who generously covered the expenses of Fiat Family Fun Fest so that all proceeds at the event could go straight to our mission.
- Jeremiah Blossom, Knights of Columbus field agent
- Brumblay Gardens
- Seth Daugherty, Sibcy Cline agent
- Hardig Industrial Services
We hope to host more events in the coming months as we meet the community and share experiences that are related to our mission. For now, look for us at the Mayberry West Farms Family Fall Fest on Oct. 14, and see if you can spot an FCA t-shirt around town.