Humphreys celebrates Spring Fest

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A mascot and child take part in Spring Fest May 11 on Camp Humphreys. The event featured food, music, games and cultural exhibitions.
A mascot and child take part in Spring Fest May 11 on Camp Humphreys. The event featured food, music, games and cultural exhibitions.

Humphreys celebrates Spring Fest

by: Rakendra Moore | .
Courtesy of the U.S. Army | .
published: May 22, 2012

CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea -- The 2012 Spring Fest featured fun and entertainment for the whole family at Independence Park on May 12.

Spring Fest is a Korean-American festival which allows Humphreys to welcome its host country citizens, and share with them U.S. food and culture. It also serves as a chance to enjoy the warmer weather.

"The event is in celebration of the spring season," said Spc. Kareen Medeiros, Area III coordinator for Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers. "It allows everyone to come out and enjoy spring."

Don Claycomb, director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation on Humphreys, called Spring Fest MWR's biggest event of the year.

"It's where MWR brings it all," he said. "We try to have something for everyone."
And they did. There were activities for all age groups from noon to 10 p.m. This included live bands, children's play areas and eating contests.

According to Claycomb, the key to the day was planning. "I really want to compliment our Special Events Coordinator, Paul Parrish, and the rest of our Recreation Division, for the job they did in making Spring Fest successful," he said. "The tents, booths, stage and everything else don't appear by magic. It takes weeks of work, especially on the part of Paul, to pull this together and make it happen. Camp Humphreys is fortunate to have a person like Paul with the vision, organizational ability and drive to make it successful."

The result was a fun event for the attendees.

"We love this day," said Sgt. 1st Class Chris Fisher. "It's a great day for the Korean Community and the Humphreys community to come together and enjoy festivities and good food."

The food especially impressed attendee Patricia Branch. "Spring Fest is not complete without funnel cakes," she said. "Once we get our funnel cakes, we're good."

There were more than 30 booths featuring face painting, jewelry making, and Korean culture.
Some of the booths served as fundraisers for unit Family Readiness Groups, with ribs, caramel apples, cookies and chicken on a stick being sold.

"My daughter had a blast," said Maj. Alfred Muna. "It's very exciting. The Spring Fest gets better every year."

"It was excellent," added Capt. David Sulkowski. "Everything went very smoothly." His wife, Capt. Kathy Sulkowski, said, "We really appreciate all the volunteers here from the community."

McKenna Olson, age 8, may have summed up the event best when she said, "I'm happy because we are having lots of fun."

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