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Team Schriever rounds up for annual spring fling

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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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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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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)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The 50th Force Support Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado will host the annual Spring Fling event in the fitness center and indoor running track 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. April 13.

Activities will include face painting, balloon artists, foam archery, a mechanical bull and a petting zoo.

Additionally, there will be complimentary lunch beginning at 11 a.m. to include hot dogs, pizza and drinks.

Glenn Franklin, 50th FSS marketing director, said the event is geared towards improving morale.

Eric McCullough, 50th FSS community cohesion coordinator, said to fit with this year’s western theme, there will be a trick roper, the Rangerettes from Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, teaching children how to lasso and the Girls of the West taking pictures with guests.

Community sponsored tables will host games, and prizes will be given out to children to include toys and candy.

McCullough said if guests arrive a few minutes before 10 a.m., they will see the Easter bunny arrive in a Pikes Peak International Speedway racecar.  

“We really just want to give service members and their families a little break,” he said. “Even if it’s for one, two or three hours, we want to relieve whatever stressors are in their lives and let them have a good time.”

Franklin said he and McCullough began planning for the event in November.

“Coordinating with our sponsorships is what we have been working on the most,” he said. “Other than that, all of the other planning has been great. It’s been pretty flawless.”

This is McCullough’s first big event he has planned since his arrival in November.

“It’s been fun,” he said. “It’s very easy to go out and talk to the community. Everybody for the most part is interested in giving back. It’s an adventure because you get to take what was there and build on it.”

McCullough and Franklin said without the help of Schriever AFB and Sand Creek ROTC volunteers, the event would not be possible.

“Additionally, we’ve had help from security forces and the fire department to ensure the event is as safe as can be,” McCullough said. “I wouldn’t be able to do anything without the volunteers.”

Franklin said his favorite part about hosting events like the spring fling is seeing children and families having a good time.

“On the marketing side, we want our promotions and advertisements to be successful,” he said. “We want to see a big number of satisfied people sharing awareness with other people so, as the events go through the year, next year we have more people. We want to grow Schriever.”

McCullough agreed, and loves to see children and their families happy.

“Seeing them happy is the best reward,” he said.

Stroller parking will be available outside the fitness center, as strollers are not allowed inside.

The next 50th FSS event is the GI’s of Comedy at the fitness center 7 p.m. May 16.

For more information about the Spring Fling or other 50th FSS events, contact McCullough at 567-2525.

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