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NEWS | April 4, 2013

JBSA-Randolph's Famaganza celebrates military children

By Robert Goetz Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs

The military child will be in the spotlight 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 13 as Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Youth Programs hosts its 16th annual Famaganza.

An annual spring family festival that celebrates Month of the Military Child, Famaganza features a variety of fun activities, entertainment, information booths, a book fair, food and refreshments on the grounds of Youth Programs, building 585.

"Famaganza draws attention to our children and lets families know what organizations and programs we have at Randolph," Andrea Black, Randolph Youth Programs coordinator, said. "It's a great family event and an opportunity to mingle and meet others."

The event will open with remarks by Army Col. John Lamoureux, 502nd Mission Support Group commander, who will also announce Youth Programs' Youth of the Year, she said.

Activities will include face painting, inflatables, games, arts and crafts, a bungee run, an obstacle slide, a play area, a dunking booth and a scavenger hunt. Famaganza will also feature military working dog demonstrations by 902nd Security Forces Squadron members and Randolph Fire Emergency Services firefighters, who will bring a fire truck and demonstrate its capabilities.

Youth Programs' Parent Advisory Council will hold a book fair in the pre-teen room, offering books for all youth age groups, while Operation Homefront will give away books in the gymnasium.

Randolph organizations will be well-represented at information booths, which will also feature demonstrations, giveaways and activities for children, Black said. Among those participating will be the 359th Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy Program, the Airman and Family Readiness Center, the Health and Wellness Center and Randolph Toastmasters.

Entertainment will be provided by students in Youth Programs' karate, dance and gymnastics classes as well as by participants in the recent You Got Talent Family and Teen Talent Contest.

Based on previous years, Famaganza is expected to draw more than 1,500 active-duty members, retirees, civilians and their families, Black said. It's open to all Department of Defense ID card holders.

The event is also in need of volunteers for a variety of duties, from cooking to picking up trash, she said.

For more information on the event, contact Black at 652-3298.