DVIDS – News – Humphreys Festival brings fall favorites

By Kelly M. Pickett
US Army Humphreys Garrison Public Affairs Office

CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea – The Camp Humphreys community gathered at Balboni Field to share the seasonal fall festivities at the Humphreys Festival on October 16.

“The Camp Humphreys community has done a phenomenal job doing their part and supporting the facility’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID. It came with a lot of sacrifice, ”said Colonel Seth C. Graves, US Army Humphreys Garrison Commander. “We are now in a place, due to their efforts and vaccination rates, where we felt it was important to have a large-scale event where families could go out and enjoy a day filled with children. ‘activities. ”

Despite the cold weather, over 5,000 community members participated throughout the day in the annual festival’s food, entertainment and live entertainment to celebrate the fall season.

“As a new family at Camp Humphreys, we were really impressed with the fall festival,” said Kara Patton, family member of US forces in Korea. “There were a lot of vendors, activities and artists.

According to the Camp Humphreys Office of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, more than 20 units, home businesses, private organizations and artisans organized stalls to show their work or raise funds for their organizations.

“The place was packed so we didn’t have a chance to try the food, but the girls enjoyed the climbing wall and the music,” Patton added. “Everything was laid out nicely and even though it was cold we had a great time.

On the main stage, the crowd enjoyed the performances of several groups from the School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills program of Camp Humphreys Children and Youth Services.

Brynnley Brownell, 10, a family member of the 2nd Infantry Division, practiced Haidong Gumdo, a Korean sword martial art, with his class.

“I was a little nervous, but also a little excited. I really thought I was going to ruin everything, ”she said.

In addition to student presentations with foam and wooden swords, experienced martial artists performed stunts that demonstrated impressive skill with very sharp swords. The Hapkido students at Humphreys also showed off their skills, and then the experts performed an exciting combat demonstration with somersaults and high-fly flips. Other entertainment included ballet shows, group Zumba and fitness demonstrations, juggler, bubble show, and K-pop performance.

Balboni Field was buzzing with activity throughout the afternoon. Kids joined in giant foursome and checkers games, created fall crafts, and bounced on inflatables. The older kids tried out the mechanical surfboard or took a ride in a zorb ball.

“I want to try these balls,” Brynnley said. “It looks like a big bubble, but you go in there and you can just roll around in it. Sounds like fun. “

Families took a break from activities to take pictures on the tractors or listen to story time. Participants also enjoyed the flavors of fall offered by the Lean Prep and Family Groups and other private organizations. The hot chocolate and funnel cakes were crowd favorites.

“The various foods and drinks on offer were delicious. My favorite was a sweet glazed type of pork on a stick, ”said 2nd Infantry Division family member Julie Brownell. “Despite the cool temperatures and the constant breeze, the overall atmosphere of the festival was a lot of fun.”

Inside the Oktoberfest tent, customers sampled traditional German food and drinks, such as kids and cutlets. Local bands performed popular tunes on the festival stage, and a disc jockey continued to have fun with the chicken dance.

“The Fall Festival had a bit of everything. We wanted to give the community a little taste of home, and I think we were able to achieve that, ”said Graves.

The Department of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosted the Humphreys Festival to provide shows, activities and a variety of food and drink to the community.

“We are fortunate to have a phenomenal FMWR team committed to hosting community events such as the Fall Festival for our military, civilian employees and their families,” added Graves.

At the end of the evening, the Eighth Army Band took to the stage to perform before a dazzling fireworks display closed the evening.

Date taken: 20.10.2021
Date posted: 10.19.2021 20:34
Story ID: 407586

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