Kiwanis Kids? Day is right around the corner, and this year will feature a wide assortment of children?s activities.
The headline event is the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday just like it has for decades. The theme this year is ?Books bring dreams to life.? Setup will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Fairfield High School parking lot. The parade includes floats, bands, vintage cars, Shrine Club entries, tractors and horses.
?For some reason, the marching bands have requested that the horses come after them in the parade this year,? stated a press release from Kiwanis.
A costume competition for kids continues with categories for this year with ?game characters? and ?comic superheroes,? added in 2017, to other categories ?creepy creatures,? ?bicycles,? ?pets? and ?famous people.?
Prizes for best parade entry range from $25 to $100 in the categories for Shrine Club, floats, horses, bands and vintage cars.
Judging for the costume contest will take place at the following locations: south side B Street for comic superheroes and creepy costumes; south side C Street for bicycles and pets; and north side C Street for famous people and game characters.
No candy or other items are to be thrown from the floats or from other parade participants. The parade will not allow mini-bikes, go carts or mopeds. Political and election-themed floats are not allowed, either.
After the parade, youngsters can stick around for many games and activities such as:
? Kuddles the Clown
? Pedal tractor pull
? D.J. Midnight Crystal
? Barrel train rides
? Carnival games
? Face painting
? Bounce house
Kids? Day would not be complete without the savory pancakes and sizzling sausages served from the break of dawn until early afternoon, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pancakes will be served in the big tent on the east side of the square.
A new addition to the pancakes, sausage and beverages will be an option to buy real maple syrup and butter, instead of using the traditional fare provided on the tables. These will be sold at the station where second helpings of milk or extra sausages are purchased.
Advanced tickets are available at a discounted price of $6 for adults from any Kiwanis member, and are available at the tent for $7 for adults. Children 12 years of age and younger are half price. A book of 10 tickets is $60.
Fairfield Kiwanis Club?s philanthropy includes providing scholarships to high school students, financial assistance to local organizations that serve children, and providing playground and other equipment to local parks and facilities. The group meets every Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. in the McElhinny House.