An entrant in the 16th annual Children’s Day costume contest Saturday in Huntamer Park, Fiona wanted to look her best for the judges and wasn’t going to let lunch get in the way.
Fiona and her brother, 8-year-old Wyatt, were among thousands of children and their families who came to the park to enjoy the sunny weather and free activities sponsored by Lacey Parks and Recreation and the Lacey Timberland Library.
“There are so many people from the community here,” said their mom, Katrin Johnson of Olympia. “It’s free, it’s fun and you learn a lot about some of the local businesses.”
Princesses Snow White, Cinderella and Belle were on stage throughout the afternoon, teaching children new songs and dances.
Wyatt dressed as Spider-Man. It was a difficult choice from his costumes at home, which include Batman, Robin and a ninja.
“I liked the slide,” Wyatt said, pointing to a large inflatable ship with an orange octopus on deck. “It was, like, 30 feet long.”
Children had a variety of activities to choose from, including testing their physical prowess in a short obstacle run, having their faces painted and learning about martial arts.
Annabelle LeMay of Lacey had her hands full with crafts at the hand of her 4-year-old son, Dylan.
He came dressed as an astronaut, but he looked more like an astronaut pirate after all the activities.
Dylan had a big blue balloon sword, a hook hand made from aluminum foil and a plastic cup and a paper pirate hat.
“We’ve done everything from balloon making to pirate hats, the big bouncy slide and got some free books,” LeMay said.
The boy’s favorite activity was making a cereal necklace.
“It’s something he could wear and eat,” LeMay said.