Magic surrounds Jemison Fairy Tale Show

Published 2:36 pm Monday, February 12, 2018

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

Wishes came true at the Jemison Fairy Tale Show when State. Rep. April Weaver presented Jemison Librarian Tammie McGriff with $1,000 for educational programs at the library.

Weaver said she keeps McGriff and the library in mind whenever education grants become available because many of the programs help children become ready for school.

McGriff said the funds would be used toward craft items for the weekly story time and reusable set items for the Fairy Tale Show.

McGriff said the event gets bigger every year.

“Every booth is community based and has games,” McGriff said.

She said she was excited to see different groups from the community come together.

“It’s just unbelievable,” McGriff said.

For many, the Fairy Tale Show has become an annual tradition. Heather Gentry said she has played Snow White at the event for the past four years. She enjoys watching the children’s reactions as they come to the booth and play the games.

Several of the pageant queens had areas dedicated to a classic fairy tale. Each of the Swedish Fest Queens was dressed as a different character from “Peter Pan.” Miss Swedish Fest Madison Price said the theme was chosen because one of the queens already had a Tinker Bell costume.

Junior Miss Swedish Fest Carlee Desmond said she liked “Peter Pan” because “it is adventurous.”

Price and Desmond said they enjoyed interacting with the younger children at the event.

Junior Miss Relay for Life Queen Laney Acreman said she was looking forward to meeting new people at the event.

“It was cool seeing everyone’s different ideas,” Acreman said of the displays.

Young Miss Relay for Life Caylee Desmond said she enjoyed “meeting the kids and seeing their costumes and giving them cupcakes.”

The classic stories of “The Three Little Pigs” and “Little Red Riding Hood” were portrayed by Chilton Christian Academy students.

Courtney Stringer of Chilton Christian Academy said she wanted to be a part because she likes helping. The school’s selection was inspired by costume items that were already at the school.

The Clanton-Chilton Public Library also joined in the fun with a Jack and the Beanstalk theme.  Library director Savannah Kitchens and children’s librarian Renee Edwards assisted children in planting radish seedss in cups of soil.

“We wanted to come up with a theme that was hands-on … We also really like gardening and wanted to encourage interest in that,” Kitchens said.

Kitchens said radishes were chose because this is a good time of year to plant them.

They also had themed coloring sheets for the children to take home.

Some of the attendees also dressed up for the occasion. This was the case for Seth Bittle, who portrayed Willy Wonka, and his friend Will McMinn came as an Oompa Loompa.

“I really love the movie,” Bittle said. “It is probably one of my favorite movies of all time —the old one, ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ I just really enjoy the character.”

Bittle said he enjoyed seeing all of the different themes and stories the booths portrayed.

McMinn said he enjoyed seeing all of the different costumes.

Kayla Forbach chose the Wizard of Oz as the theme for her Bama Bombshells group. She said she enjoyed seeing the children being able to have fun when there had been so much sickness lately.

The Jemison Fairy Tale Show raises funds for the Jemison Public Library.