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Fall fun at the finish line

Tomney, too, felt a rapport with the members when he first attended a Rotary meeting about five years ago.

"It was a good group of people I met," he said.

Members often suggest service projects based on their interests, Tomney said. Locally, the club has contributed to the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, awarded scholarships to high school seniors and given out dictionaries to third-grade students.

Outside the U.S., the club has helped provide water purification systems to villages in Honduras and sewing machines for young men and women in Zimbabwe.

The money that the club makes from the Harvest Fest is earmarked for programs to help children and teens in the Clifton Park/Halfmoon area -- although it should be noted that admission to the festival is free. There will be a fee for the games, contests and food, and it's $30 to take part in the road rally ($25 for early registration).

Tomney said that the club is hoping to raise at least a couple of thousand dollars, although "anything is good."

Road rally participants will be eligible for a number of prizes, including the grand prize of a one-year family membership to the Southern Saratoga YMCA.

Kids, meanwhile, can win their own prizes at the carnival games, as well as enjoy a bounce house, face painting and miniature golf.

"We're trying to make it a big community-oriented event," Kennedy said. "It's just going to be a really fun event.""

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