LEICESTER, Mass. — The sweet smell of apples filled the halls of Leicester High School Saturday, after the Leicester Mother's Club peeled, baked and candied hundreds for this weekend's Apple Festival.
The annual event is a vital fundraiser for the district's schools, helping support educational equipment, programs, scholarships and activities that directly benefit Leicester students.
While volunteers sold an assortment of baked goods in the cafeteria, the school gymnasium was an epicenter for fun activities, with kids jumping for joy in the bouncy house, getting mustaches and designs painted on their face and making creative crafts.
Outside, members of the Leicester Fire Department brought out a fire truck to let kids crawl through and explore the world of firefighting, and Spencer Savings Bank provided a Safari Train for children to cruise around the school grounds.
As a fundraiser, the senior class transformed part of the school into a spooky haunted house, in which dolls popped out, monsters roamed and the growls of gorillas and blood-curdling screams of insanity made for a frightful walk through the darkness.
The festival was supported by the community, with Platinum Sponsors including Spencer Savings Bank, Giguere's Gymnastics and Worcester Envelope; Silver Sponsors including McKenna Insurance's and Cooper's Hilltop Farm; and Bronze Sponsors including Quality Muffler and Brake, J Morin and Son and Smith Electric.