Family Festival Attracts Monsters, Butterflies


The 23rd Quartermaster Brigade’s Fall Festival, Oct. 26, was a gathering of witches, ghosts, super heroes and even a Mutant Ninja Turtle. But more so, it was a celebration with family and friends from the hard-working and always-growing brigade, said event coordinator, Sgt. 1st Class Kortez Dixon.

“We thought this would be a good time, with the start of the fall season and Halloween approaching, to get all the Families together,” said Dixon, 244th QM Battalion. “And for new Family members and Soldiers just coming into the brigade, we wanted to give them the opportunity to meet people and learn a few things about Fort Lee.”

In that regard, several post agencies and organizations like the Girl Scouts, Fire and Emergency Service, brigade Family Readiness Groups and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, were invited to set up booths to pass along information.

Dixon made sure there was plenty to do at the festival – as kids had a variety of games to choose from, won prizes for best costumes and filled their Halloween bags with candy. Volunteers operated a cotton candy machine, made popcorn and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. But for many, the highlight of the day was the haunted house. A joint effort between the battalions, Dixon said it was the creative efforts among the Soldiers in setting up the house was worth it after seeing so many people enjoying it. Terrance Rousey, 7, and his sister Tamia certainly enjoyed their first visit into a haunted house. Terrence said the best part was the mummies that kept following him. Tamia, breathless after exiting the attraction, said she enjoyed being scared.

“I wanted to be scared, and it was scary,” said Tamia. “The thing with the eyeballs, the mummy, it was really good.”