Mom Jaime Mocco of Waupun laughs as she pulls her daughter, Addisyn Kirchoff, 9, up from the ground after she falls while sumo wrestling.
Mom Jaime Mocco of Waupun laughs as she pulls her daughter, Addisyn Kirchoff, 9, up from the ground after she falls while sumo wrestling.

   Whether it was tumbling out of inflatable bounce houses or chilling to a jamming band, fun was to be had for all ages at Brandon Fun Fest last week Saturday.

   Organized by Pillar & Vine, a non-profit foster care agency, the event was celebrating its fifth year and featured food trucks, booths with clothes and raffles, bounce houses, live music provided by Blockhead and Nashville recording artist Michael Scott.

   According to Damian Lonnee, executive director of Pillar & Vine, the original purpose of the fest “to be good neighbors and kind of let the community know who we were and what we’re about while raising awareness of foster care needs in our community.”

   He noted people tend to have a misconception that children in foster care are delinquent kids or need high, special supervision when in reality it’s because their parents no longer can take care of them because of life decisions.

   “As Fun Fest kind of continued, we just opened up the idea to people about who the kids are ... We wanted to get rid of the misconceptions,” Lonne said, noting people now come from throughout the state to attend the fest and have a good time.

   See more photos in the Aug. 1, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.