Raider Rally returns on Aug. 24

FLUSHING — Flushing Community Schools’ annual back-to-school is returning this year with a full slate of activities for families and students.

Entering its fifth year, Raider Rally will be held on Aug. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Raider Field behind Central Elementary School. There will be bounce houses, carnival games, police and fire vehicles and construction equipment, raffles, face painting, barrel train rides and a hot air balloon walk.

Additionally, the Flushing Band and Orchestra Boosters will host a photo booth, and Trinity Baptist Church will provide speed pitch interactive games.

Over 50 local business and non-profit vendors have signed up so far for Raider Rally. Participants will have multiple giveaways for kids, including backpacks, school supplies, Amazon kindles, a tent, stickers, beach balls and soccer balls, frisbees, free passes to Flushing Farms, free games of bowling and much more.

For the first time ever, Flushing City Police will be giving away hundreds of free backpacks at Raider Rally. The LeeAlan Weddel Farmers Insurance Agency will also be handing out magnet schedules for Flushing High School’s upcoming football season.

“We are so excited and thankful for the continuous support and involvement of the community,” said Heidi Donaldson, coordinator for Raider Rally. “It is a wonderful sight to see all the children smiling as they enjoy the many activities the Raider Rally has to offer.”

To maintain a COVID-friendly event, organizers will not be holding the event’s usual hotdog dinner this year. However, popcorn, popsicles, cookies and ice cream will also be provided, along with free water from Suski Chevrolet.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering for Raider Rally can contact