By Kevin Shannahan
The skies may have looked threatening in the morning, but the rains were long gone by mid-morning as the Saint Mary’s School community celebrated it’s Spring Fling at Natchitoches’ downtown river bank Saturday, May 4. The Spring Fling filled the riverbank from one end to the other with fun activities for people of every age. There were inflatables to jump and climb on, a zip line for the adventurous as well as face painting. The dunking booth claimed many a victim from well thrown baseballs from future Tiger pitchers. Children could also ride horses and a “unicorn” (a well disguised horse.)
Nor was there any reason to leave hungry as there were several food booths serving everything from slushies, to jambalaya to superb homemade baked goods. Theater students from NSU’s “Make Your Own Theater” organization sang and performed several pieces from musical theater productions. Local musical favorite “Cane River Soul” was the headliner for the day’s entertainment.
The event featured a truly unique fundraiser, a “Duck Derby”, in which numbered rubber duckies could be purchased. At racetime, they were released to float down the Cane River with prizes going to the first-and last-to cross the finish line.
St. Mary’s School boasts approximately 380 students in grades pre-k through high school. The proceeds from Spring Fling will go to helping St. Mary’s further its mission of providing a quality Catholic education to its students. The Spring Fling was a delightful day of quality family fun. The Natchitoches Parish Journal is looking forward to next year’s event!