LCFF in the Lake Country Now

Family Fun’s costume swap is back for its fifth year

By REBECCA SEYMOUR, NEWS@JRN.COM 1:45 p.m. CDT September 21, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner and the Lake Country Family Fun’s Oconomowoc costume swap is back for its fifth year.

To participate in the free event, drop off costumes and two non-perishable food items for the Oconomowoc Food Pantry from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, Sept. 26-30, at Roots Coffeebar and Cafe, 124 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.

There will be a container set up near the entrance to deposit costumes. A red ticket will be attached to the costume with contact information and a ticket for you to take that will correspond with the ticket placed on the costume.

Costumes should fit infants through elementary school ages and must be complete and in like-new condition, with no rips, tears or stains.

Participants who dropped off costumes are then invited back to Roots from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, to pick out “new-to-you” costumes. Remember to bring the ticket received during costume drop off.

Swapping more than one costume and donation of extra costumes is welcome. Place donations in a bag and write “donate” on it. There is also an inventory of back stock costumes left over from previous costume swap events to choose from.

“The costume swap is a really fun event and a great way to give back to the community,” said Lake Country Family Fun’s Erin Guenterberg.

New adventure

This August, Guenterberg became the new face behind Lake Country Family Fun when she purchased the Lake Country area events calendar and resource hub from founder, Melissa Peterson. Peterson created the business in 2011 and recently moved to the Kenosha County area with her family.

Since going live five years ago, Lake Country Family Fun has grown to over 12,000 fans on Facebook, becoming a popular go-to connection between families, businesses, non-profit organizations and event happenings throughout Waukesha and metro-Milwaukee.

Guenterberg and her husband, Brandon, and their two daughters, Teagan, 5, and, Laikin, 2, live in Ixonia.

“I have been a fan of Lake Country Family Fun since it started,” she said. “Being involved in the community is very important to me, and I’m so excited about this opportunity and new endeavor to bring more family fun to the families of the Lake Country and Waukesha County areas.

“It’s an honor to be in this new role.”

Lake Country Family Fun will continue to have an events calendar and partner with area businesses, as well have a strong presence on Facebook to engage more members of the community.

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