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My friends and family had been having huge Halloween bashes that affectionately became known as "EAKFEST" being that my daughter's last name is Eak and it's what one might say if they were to have the heck scared out of them!

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My two daughters lovec these parties even more than Christmas! Every year, my husband would say, "Ok, this is the last one. It's too much work" but, the girls would pout and Daddy would go through with it yet again. The planning would start in August and our family days were usually spent going to Halloween supply stores or making props together.

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It all began with a riding lawn mower, a bail of hay and some creative family members. The kids were little and we decided to have a good old fashion Halloween party for them. You know, apple bobbing, donut eating, limbo, etc. The Dad's thought it would be fun to put the kids in the utility trailer and drive them around the yard for a hay ride. Next thing you know, some of the adults were jumping out from behind trees and making the kids scream like crazy. The kids LOVED it!

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As the years rolled by, the scaring got more intense and the parties got a bit larger! We would often have more than 100 people in our yard waiting in line to go on a hay ride! We had dessert contests (one year, the winner was a filled bedpan, ewww!) costume contests and of course, all the usual dances for the kids to do; the macarena, the hokey pokey, etc.

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In 2006, we had decided that we were passing on our EAKFEST tradition to my cousin and his wife but that October, my 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. I didn't know how we would get through this horrible time and the last thing on my mind was EAKFEST.  It was not the last thing on my daughter's mind! She really wanted to have EAKFEST at our house and there wasn't one person who wanted to deny of her anything at that point so we had it at our house. It was around that time that I thought, "I think that these parties are meant to be our way of fighting this disease. We have so many people that look forward to coming and I'm sure many more would too! We should turn it into a fundraising event!"

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So, this year will be our 8th annual EAKFEST to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The past several years have been a huge success! We've had crowds of over 1,000 people each night and all together have raised over $90,000!


We couldn't have done it without the amazing support of our fabulous volunteers! We now are over 200 strong and there are many people who just can't wait to get started! Each year will just get better and better. You won't want to miss this year's event, I promise you! Please join us in fighting to cure Cystic Fibrosis. Why?

Because I love my daughter!

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