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by  Millicent Arko


October 16, 2011 (El Cajon) --The Alpine Education Foundation invites the public to join in its second annual Fall Festival at Summers Past Farms, 15602 Olde Highway 80, in El Cajon. Festivities take place on Sunday, October 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Admission to the farm is free; but all money raised at the booths will benefit local schools. Activities include real draft horse-drawn hay rides (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), 4-H farm animal exhibit, face painting, air jump, balloons food, game and treat booths, shopping, a pumkin patch and plenty of family fun.

There will also be special appearances and performances by various Alpine youth groups. 
The first Alpine Education Foundation Fall Festival last October was such a hit and demand for an annual Fall Festival was overwhelming; it was decided that an annual fall festival will be celebrated every year, according to organizers.

The Alpine Education Foundation (AEF)
was established in 2010 to bring parents, staff, community and businesses together to support and aid in the funding of educational programs and opportunities for all Alpine students. It is a volunteer, non-profit organization representative of parents, staff, and community leaders concerned with improving the education of children in our schools. 

The mission of the nonprofit 501(c)3  AEF is to provide financial resources beyond the scope of the School District's regular budget to sustain, improve, and stimulate new educational opportunities for students, teachers and other staff members of the greater Alpine area.
 The Foundation does not attempt to replace tax support for the schools, rather it works to supplementby using tax-deductible donations to directly benefit and support the schools and the children.

Summers Past Farms
is a small family business nestled in the foothills just 30 minutes east of downtown San Diego on historic Old Highway 80.  They sell plants, make soap, have classes, and have rabbits, chickens, a playhouse, a sweet pea maze, a stream with a bridge, annual Fairy Festival plus, many things to discover. The retail shop is housed in a 3,500 square foot post-and-timber barn and is always a fun place to shop and see what's new for the season. This is a hidden jewel.

Take I-8 east to Harbison Canyon / Dunbar Lane exit, turn left at stop, go under freeway to Olde Hwy. 80 and make a left.  The barn is one mile on right.

15602 Olde Highway 80, Flinn Springs, CA 92021

(619) 390-1523, visit
For information contact the Alpine Education Foundation, 2710 Alpine Blvd, Ste. 0-101, Alpine CA 91901 or visit

Information is also available at the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, 2157 Alpine Blvd., Alpine CA 91901, 619-445-2722 or Fax 619-445-2871; or

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