‘Kids’ Day’ to parade through town Saturday
Fairfield Kiwanis Club members are nearly ready for their annual Fairfield Kiwanis Kids’ Day, featuring pancakes and a parade, Saturday in downtown Fairfield.
The 2013 Kids’ Day is dedicated to three Kiwanis members who recently died: Jim Larson, Norma Robinson and Jim Willis, and the theme is “Kid’s Dream.”
Kiwanis Club members will serve pancakes, sausage and drinks from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. under the big tent on the east side of the Fairfield square.
Parade chairman Don Kremer said Kiwanis members have been selling advance tickets for the breakfast. Books of 10 tickets are $50. An individual adult ticket is $6; two children can use one adult ticket.
“When purchasing tickets at the entrance, there will be a different price,” Kremer said. An adult ticket will be $7, and a child’s ticket will be $3.50.
Kremer explained the money raised at the pancake breakfast is used for a variety of community projects and activities underwritten by the Fairfield Kiwanis Club and supported by its members.
For more than 38 years, the club has distributed $230,000-plus for various projects in Fairfield and neighboring areas. Two of the most recent contributions helped fund rebuilding the Jefferson County Park swinging bridge and provided scholarships for campers to attend Camp Hertko Hollow, a camp for diabetic children.
Kremer said local children, equestrians, marching bands, vintage cars and antique tractors are invited to participate in the parade.
One of the attractions in the antique tractors category will be a tractor restored by the late Jim Willis, one of the people Kids’ Day is dedicated to, that will be driven by his family members, added Kremer.
He also continued to say commercial businesses incorporating the theme into their entries are welcome to participate.
No preregistration is necessary.
No mini bikes, go-carts or mopeds are allowed, and participants cannot toss candy or trinkets from floats or vehicles, although those walking can pass out items to individual spectators lining the streets.
“This is for the safety of children,” said Kremer.
Following the 9:30 a.m. judging, the parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the Fairfield High School parking lot heading west on Broadway Avenue. Different categories will join the parade from different spots along the route.
Storybook characters and creepy creatures should gather on B Street on the south side of Broadway. Bicycles and pets should meet on C Street on the south side of Broadway, and famous people and TV and movie personalities should meet on C Street on the north side of Broadway.
The Shrine Club entries, floats, horses, bands, vintage cars, antique tractors and others should meet in the high school parking lot.
The parade will travel west on Broadway past Central Park; turn north on Main Street; east on Grimes Avenue; south on Court Street; then east on Briggs Avenue and back to the high school.
Kremer said winners in various categories will be announced immediately after the parade from the Ron Prill Bandstand in Central Park. Cash prizes for floats will range from $100 for the first-place entry to $25 for the fourth-place entry.
Another traditional event will be the activities after the parade in Central Park, including a pedal-tractor pull, a petting zoo, barrel train rides, face painting, Kuddles the Clown, the Backyard Circus and the Midnight Crystal DJ.
Kremer said plans are for the big tent to be erected Thursday evening, which means Court Street on the east side of the square will be partially blocked. Kremer said FHS students will help set up tables and chairs under the tent Friday morning, plus some students will be working Saturday, to earn community-service hours needed to earn their graduation diplomas.
Kiwanis Kids’ Day got its start in 1967 when the late T.L. Henderson, a charter member of the club in Fairfield, organized a holiday just for children.
The first year, the Kiwanis Club took a group of special-needs children bowling and then to a hot dog roast in Chautauqua Park.
The following year, in 1968, the first Kiwanis Kids’ Day Parade was held, led by the Fairfield High School band.
For information about Kiwanis Kids’ Day, call Kremer at 472-5553.