Bethel Middle School Principal Mr. Muharem sat there soaking wet, in a T-shirt and shorts, sitting on the dunk tank seat, daring students to throw the ball at the target that would make him fall in the water.
Children lined up and threw the ball hard. If they hit the center mark, into the water he went. He spent an hour doing this, much to the joy and laughter of his students.
Under bright sunny skies the festive carnival atmosphere of the Bethel Education Foundation Second Annual Family Summer Kickoff brought in large crowds and fundraising dollars.
Children ran with glee as they jumped in the moon house, went down the huge slide, tumbled with an oversized ball, and played basketball. They played on the swings and climbed on the gym in the playground. They had their faces painted. They got fake tattoos. Zooky the clown entertained the children.
Hot temperatures made the "snowkones" a welcome delight, along with popcorn and cotton candy, too, served by the Bethel NJROTC cadets.
Girls delighted in getting their hair braided by the Danbury Paul Mitchell School hair stylists, and both boys and girls had bright colors added to their hair too. Some boys sported spiked mohawks.
Many local companies were on display under the tent tops, and offered items for children, too. "Greenwood Physical Therapy" had plenty of Hula-Hoops to hand out.
Parents socialized and cooled off under large shady trees on the hill overlooking the grounds, as they sat on lounge chairs or picnic blankets.
"The most fun thing is relaxing and talking with my girlfriend," said Katherine Mosley, a Bethel Middle School parent.
Officer Hayes of the Bethel Police Department directed traffic and Lieutenant Brendan Ryan had a fire truck parked on site, and they made sure everyone was kept safe.
The talented "Marmalade Sky" band of 10 and 12 year olds, was lively and rocking to the delight of parents and children alike. "They were the winners of the Ridgefield Band Jam contest in March 2012," said Mom Karen Sulzinsky, whose son Ben Sulzinsky, is the band's keyboard player.
The event was a successful fundraiser for the Bethel Education Foundation.