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50 FSS prepares for Spring Fling

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 50th Force Support Squadron is hosting the annual Spring Fling 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 19 at the Schriever Fitness Center.

"The Spring Fling is one of our four major events that we do for the base community.  It is specifically done around Easter time as a celebration event for families and family members in between the Christmas holiday and the summer base picnic," said Thea Wasche, 50 FSS deputy commander.  "It is to celebrate the family as well as the holiday. A re-birth of spring if you will, a time for celebrating the season and new growth."

The 15th annual event, themed "Once Upon a Time" is open to children and family members of active-duty personnel, Department of Defense and non-appropriated fund civilians, contractors and retired military working on Schriever.

"Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite story book character or super hero," Wasche said.

"My favorite thing about the Children's Spring Fling is seeing all the kids dressed in their costumes," said Darcie Ibidapo, 50 FSS advertising and commercial sponsorship manager.  "It's great to see them come in and see all of our characters and see their faces light up, especially when they see someone dressed in the same costume or from the same fairy tale."

The festivities will feature a petting zoo, photo booth, magician, bounce houses, face painting, games and complimentary lunch. The magician and photo booth are two new attractions provided at this year's Spring Fling.  Participating children will also be eligible to win a variety of prizes.

The whole event, including games and prizes, is paid for through the Air Force Commercial Sponsorship Program.

"The Air Force Commercial Sponsorship Program is designed to allow civilian enterprises the opportunity to provide financial support or enhancements to MWR elements of FSS activities, events, and programs in exchange for promotional consideration and access to the Air Force market," said Ibidapo. 

Additionally, 50 FSS receives support from Schriever volunteers who give their time to make sure the Spring Fling is a success. Currently, 50 FSS is still looking for volunteers for the set up and tear down of the event as well as other duties.

People interested in volunteering should contact Vickie Brautigam, volunteer coordinator, at 567-5902. For more information about Spring Fling, call 567-4740.
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