RANDOLPH, NJ- It officially became autumn for one of Randolph’s four elementary schools. At Ironia’s third annual Harvest Fest, parents, students and faculty came out on Saturday to have fun, eat together and enjoy the change of season.

This much anticipated tradition was started three years ago by two Ironia parents, Marissa Carrella and Stacy White. This year the torch was passed on to Becca Fisher, who transformed the back of Ironia Elementary School into a music and food festival. A DJ kept many of the children entertained with dancing and games. Pumpkin decorating and jumping around on an inflatable obstacle course kept children busy all afternoon. An instructor from Chizel Fitness provided Zumba lessons for the kids to expend even more energy. Tamarack Day Camp, a new summer camp opening this summer on Park Avenue in Randolph, supplied the inflatables and gave out free zeppoles for all to enjoy.

The highlights of Harvest Fest are the famous chili cook-off and the bake sale. According to Fisher, there are many parents of Ironia students who are “vying for first place in the chili cook-off.” This year, the honor went to Marit Halper, who won first place for her “Not So Chilly Chili.”  Second place was awarded to Mike Cozza for his "Sausage Chili Verde."  Popcorn, candy and other complimentary prizes and treats were also given out to the kids.  

Fisher thanked Ironia’s new principal, Lee Nittel, and the custodial staff who supported them on Saturday. She also extended thanks to the many local businesses who donated certificates and prizes for the kids. “There are too many generous people to name.”