The streets of Lacey will be invaded by hundreds of creatures from outer space, a handful of talent show contestants, and plenty of classic cars to satisfy the automotive enthusiast for the 26th annual Lacey Spring Fun Fair on Saturday and Sunday.
The event offers free, family friendly entertainment, made possible through the support of the city and local businesses.
Its truly a community event, said Valerie Fluetsch, event coordinator. Its a lovely homegrown festival where people come and visit with each other and walk around and see kids happy and having a great time.
The fair is at Saint Martins University campus and will offer activities to include various family entertainment acts, a zip line, food vendors, two parades and a kids world.
New this year is the Lacey Shining Stars Talent Show from 1-2 p.m. Sunday. First prize is $500, with several other $50 prizes. Winners are chosen by audience members, who will vote using poll booths from the Thurston County Auditors Office.
We have a whole range of acts including vocalists, musicians and dance groups, Fluetsch said. They are quality acts; its going to be fun.
As many as 15,000 people attend the fun fair over the weekend, depending on weather. Fair-goers can catch shuttles to the university from the Sears parking lot at South Sound Center from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Saturday only.
The shuttle will end before the grand parade, which begins at 6 p.m. at Huntamer Park and finishes just past Saint Martins.
Organizers say there are more than 40 entries in the grand parade, which made its debut last year.
The fun fairs traditional family parade begins at noon Saturday, featuring the theme Lacey Spacey Celestial Parade.
Parade coordinator Darrol Steiner is looking forward to what the students at Laceys Woodland Elementary School come up with this year.
Last year, they had a dragon they put together with every book every youngster read that year, Steiner said.
He has a few hints about what they could be up to this time around.
This year, the schools theme is reading across America, so I can hardly wait to see what they are going to do, Steiner said. Maybe there are going to be some little vehicles while they travel across America, but we will see.
Steiner has been involved in the family parade for 17 years.
He believes having the Lacey Spring Fun Fair is important for local families.
Its one of those one-time opportunities families can come and have a great day and not have to spend a lot of money, he said. There is no charge for parking, no admission. The only thing they are going to have to shell out money for is the food or commercial vendors.
Those with a eye for cars can take in the car show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; it features classic and modern cars, hod rods and muscle cars.
The show draws between 50 and 60 entries a year, although the number has reached as many as 140.
There is something for everyone at the Lacey Spring Fun Fair, regardless of your age and different activities you want to do, Fluetsch said.
Chelsea Krotzer: 360-754-5476