Saturday’s BookFest at the Clarke County Fairgrounds saw fine weather and heavy attendance as people of all ages enjoyed food, friends an community. Book lovers were not disappointed by the wide selection of tomes, music and movies.
The Clarke County Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization’s joined forces this year to raise funds by collecting and re-selling donated books. Boyce Elementary, Berryville Primary and Cooley Elementary will split the proceeds from the event.
BookFest is run entirely by parents and community volunteers. “This event is something different that the community loves. It’s really a way for the community to exchange ideas through books” said parent volunteer Kathy Pierson. “It’s nice to see so many people here but it isn’t surprising. Berryville always comes together for its kids.”
Pierson’s daughter Abby, a 5th grader at Cooley Elementary, said that she enjoys the chance to volunteer and offer community service. “It’s fun talking to all of the people!”
In addition to the used book sale, Saturday’s Bookfest included children’s activities, crafts, a petting-zoo, rides, a plant sale, raffles, Tae Kwon Do demonstarions and a live auction with Guest Auctioneer Tony Parrot. The Clarke County Ruritans cooked up a barbeque lunch, concessions, and a bake sale.
Volunteer Karla Atkins’s two Clarke County Public School students were only part of her motivation for helping at this year’s BookFest. ”I’m a book lover!” Atkins confided. “I donated four boxes of books to the Bookfest this year.” Atkins says that even with Clarke’s excellent library system she still finds herself buying books from time to time. “I belong to two book clubs so when the selections are announced sometimes there isn’t much you can do.”
BookFest was sponsored by the Bank of Clarke County and Shenandoah Control Systems, Inc.
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