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Schriever celebrates Spring’s beginning

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Madison Parrott, 5, fishes for rubber ducks during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s Spring Fling event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 24, 2018. The festival provided recreational activities for children and their families to commemorate the start of spring. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Natalie and Kaylee Garcia (3 and 7 respectively), pet a sheep during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s Spring Fling event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 24, 2018. Children had a chance to interact with a variety of animals during the event and get their faces painted like animals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Quinn Hines, 2, smiles after getting a balloon during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s Spring Fling event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 24, 2018. Children had balloons made for anything that fit their imaginations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Julie and Abagail Lee, (ages 5 and 2 respectively), watch as their caricature is drawn during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s Spring Fling event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 24, 2018. Caricaturists were featured in the event in response to their successful reception during last year’s Children’s Holiday Fest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Chase Tester, 3, rides a pony while his parents watch during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s Spring Fling event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 24, 2018. Animals featured at the event included horses, sheep, a donkey and a llama. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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William Hammett, 6, smiles with Hairy the Bunny during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s Spring Fling event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 24, 2018. Hairy spent the day helping children celebrate the beginning of spring in his Easter palace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Madison Burcham, 5, tosses a bean bag into a hole during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s Spring Fling event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 24, 2018. Games and other recreational activities kept children entertained during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Alexis Giannini, 9, shoots a basketball during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s Spring Fling event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 24, 2018. Children had the chance to toss bean bags, roll bowling balls and fish for rubber ducks during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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“Peek-a-boo” the llama gazes on while Amber Specht and her son Levi, 1, watch in fascination during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s Spring Fling event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 24, 2018. Animals and people alike enjoyed the day’s fair weather with a variety of outdoor activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Olivia Cosentino, 6, rolls a bowling ball up a rail during the 50th Force Support Squadron’s Spring Fling event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, March 24, 2018. The game challenged children to use their strength to roll a bowling ball with enough momentum for it to go over a hill in the rail in order to win a prize. Cosentino accomplished this on her first try. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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More than 2400 people attended the 50th Force Support Squadron’s annual Spring Fling event at the fitness center at Schriever Air Force Base Colorado, March 24.

Airmen and their families enjoyed bounce houses, face painting, a petting zoo (featuring sheep and horses), a special visit from Hairy the Bunny and other activities during the free event.

“This event gave Airmen a chance to come together and have fun,” said Jennifer Stark, marketing director from the 50th Force Support Squadron, and one of the event organizers. “This is the biggest spring fling we’ve had yet.”

Stark shared this year’s event featured more sponsors and activities than ever before, more bounce houses for children and the addition of caricaturists, a big hit from last year’s holiday fest.

Attendees shared their favorite parts of the event.

“I liked the easter bunny,” said Madison Parrott, 5, who attended the event with her mother, Kasey Parrott and brother Benjamin.

“The pony rides were a big hit with the kids as well,” Kasey added.

Kelli Plemons, a Schriever spouse, her third time attending the event, said it was exciting for her daughter, Ireland, and there was a definite improvement this year.

“The decorations were well done and the organization was really good,” she said. “My favorite part was having an area in the indoor running tack with bounce houses for kids to run around and play, the face painting and the caricatures.”

Stark said the plethora of activities, coupled with the day’s fair weather, brought a proper start to the spring season.

“The weather was gorgeous, which made it great to host things outside,” Stark said. “Normally, we plan for inclement weather but this was not the case.”

Megan Bryan, a Schriever spouse who attended the event with her two children, Vaughn and Emma, agreed, saying these events helps strengthen the community bonds.

“Activities like this are important for community building and making people feel tied to the base,” she said. “It’s really great to see people going to events like this. We always enjoy it.”

The Spring Fling is one of many ways 50th FSS furthers the 50th Space Wing’s priority of taking care of our Airmen and their families always.

The 50th FSS hosts four large-scale events each year - Spring Fling, the Summer Slam Base Picnic, the FSS Customer Appreciation Event and the Children’s Holiday Festival.

Stark expressed she enjoys putting on events such as the Spring Fling to give the base community a break and show appreciation for their mission accomplishment.

“These events are a way to give back and recognize the work Airmen do day-in and day-out,” she said. “We are more than willing to go the extra mile to give our hardworking Schriever Airmen the best there is.”

The 50th FSS is always looking for volunteers to help out during these events. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Stark at 567-4740.

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