Springtime fun time in Lacey

Annual event continues today: Lacey Spring Fun Fair offers food, activities, excitement at Saint Martin’s University

May 22, 2011 

LACEY – The Lacey Spring Fun Fair, now in its 24th year, swung into action Saturday on the Saint Martin’s University campus, offering activities such as pony rides, train rides and a trout pond, along with vendors and food.

The event is free to attend and continues today with its car show, event coordinator Valerie Fluetsch said.

Thousands toured the fair Saturday, and attendance likely was boosted by shuttle service, which was offered for the first time this year from South Sound Shopping Center in Lacey to Saint Martin’s, Fluetsch said.

“It’s a very good crowd,” she said about the opening-day gathering.

Also new this year was an outdoor bunny-hop dance with about 150 people, she said.

The group was practicing for a future attempt to set a record for the number of people participating in a single bunny-hop dance. They still have a ways to go, Fluetsch said, but they had so much fun, organizers might make the dance a regular feature of the fair. A person in a bunny outfit, Ronald McDonald and the Mariner Moose also joined the dance.

Long lines formed at the usual places, such as the pony rides and those selling elephant ears and funnel cakes, but also generating some buzz were two reptiles that children and adults were allowed to touch.

One was a two-foot alligator, and the other was a 12- to 14-foot albino Burmese python. Some children would pet the animals lightly, while others and some adults posed for pictures with the reptiles.

Inside the Worthington Center, vendors, too, were busy, including the U.S. Martial Arts Center, which operates three locations in Thurston County that teach the Korean martial art tae kwon do.

A separate business, South Sound Karate, was busy at its own booth.

Local interest in martial arts might have been heightened after a 16-year-old girl, who had been taking karate lessons, used some of what she learned this month to defend herself from a man who allegedly attempted to sexually assault her near Pattison Lake.

Master Angie Lee, 31, who teaches at the U.S. Martial Arts Center in south Lacey, said the business received a few phone calls about its classes after that. Lee, a fifth-degree black belt in tae kwon do, said the martial art is known for its striking movements using the foot. The sport also is rooted in tradition, and character development is key to learning it, she said.

In addition to the car show today, visitors will be able to see the Olympic Flight Museum’s HU-1 Huey helicopter.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 rboone@theolympian.com

IF YOU GO

What: Lacey Spring Fun Fair.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Where: Saint Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion, Worthington Center and surrounding parking lot.

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