It was both a fond welcome and farewell for participants of the Fresh Air Fund in Lehigh County.

A farewell bonfire was held Monday evening at the Hoot & Howl Farm in Emmaus.

The event provided a sendoff for kids from New York City who lived with host families in suburban and rural settings during part of the summer.

As one group is readying to head back to the city another group of 16 kids will soon be greeted by Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship for a 10-day trip.