Free pizza at Squirrel Fest

Keely Morgan, 15, Madeleine Lapirre, 9, and Zoey Cole, 12, serve up free pizza and infused water provided by Lower Columbia School Gardens at Squirrel Fest. 

Squirrel Fest on Saturday raised more than $10,000 for the Rotary Club of Longview to support local literacy, parks and service programs.

The club also gave away 661 books to children.

“All of our club members were thrilled with the turnout and the community spirit,” said Rotarian Lindsey Cope. “Most of our members volunteered, sponsored or otherwise supported the event.”

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Cope estimated that 700 people attended the evening concerts at the festival, but it is difficult to measure attendance at the rest of the free event because there wasn’t a primary entrance and people were coming and going all day.

“The kids area is always enhanced by Jeni Quiriconi’s dedication and spirit. Lower Columbia College provided a cadre of volunteers. Arts in the Park is such a complimentary event. The Sandbaggers have such a good heart and are still a very important piece of this event. The Community House assisted with Traffic Control. Happy Kid’s On The Run is also such a fun complimentary event yearly too,” Cope said.

“These events take a small army to pull of and we are eternally grateful for our partnerships. The spirit of Rotary is about ‘service above self’ and our community really exemplifies that.”

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