SPRING HILL — The giant green pickles were a big hit. So were the rest of the snacks and games that Westside Elementary School students enjoyed during their Oct. 31 mini-Relay for Life.
And it was all for a good cause.
"It mimics the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and this is our little version of it," said fourth-grade teacher Melissa Tomlinson, who coordinated the event with kindergarten teacher Glenda Vasquez.
The morning was rainy, so the outdoor event was moved under cover. That did little to dampen the excitement.
Third-grader Joey Eisenhower, 8, won taffy at what he said was his favorite game — "the spin the wheel thing."
Second-grader Kayla Dibble, 7, said she liked the bowling game.
"I did it twice," she said. "I won a Starburst and an eraser."
Second-grader Sarah Mandes, 7, liked the golf ball game.
"You had to throw the golf ball and make it in the bucket," she said. "I think I won a Tootsie Roll."
The fundraising came from ticket sales — one ticket for one quarter. Students then milled among the games and snacks, handing over tickets to play.
Sponsors helped cover the costs. Those included Spring Hill Calvary Church of the Nazarene, Dunkin' Donuts, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, West Hernando Pools and Spas and Publix Super Markets. Holy Cross provided dozens of pumpkins for decoration and decorating.
There were chips, popcorn, cotton candy, cookies and even some free games, but the underlying reason for the festivities wasn't lost.
Joey Eisenhower knew what it was all about.
"The cancer society," he said. "To help people who have cancer."