WEST ORANGE, NJ - The numerous clubs and sports teams of West Orange High School filled the Tarnoff Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon for the second annual “Fan Fest.” Prior to the football game, the various organizations set up tables around the gym and ran activities that served as mini-fundraisers for the groups.
West Orange families enjoyed activities like a putting green sponsored by the West Orange High School Golf Team. In addition, a cupcake-eating contest was held at the center of the gym. Other games such as a frisbee throw, a basketball shot and softball toss, and lacrosse stick shooting were enjoyed by many. The Junior Air orce ROTC also held a push-up contest for willing participants.
The event kicked off with a booming performance by the high school marching band, as well as vocal performances from the high school choir.
West Orange High School Principal Hayden Moore showed much appreciation for the staff and community for allowing this event to take place.
"Fan Fest is a community building event," Moore told TAP into West Orange. "It's a chance to showcase our talented students and the opportunities we offer.
"It's very important to us to show the West Orange community that we have a great bunch of students who excel in academics, athletics, and good citizenship. We're very, very proud of our kids."
Monty the Mountaineer, West Orange High School's official mascot, now in his second year, made the rounds during Fan Fest. He was found hyping up the fans and posing for pictures. The event began at 4 p.m. and ran until 7 p.m., the start of the Mountaineers opening football game of the 2014 season.