Otherworldly parade sends Fun Fair into goofy orbit

UFO inquiry may have been in order with Lacey Spacey theme

ckrotzer@theolympian.comMay 19, 2013 

Aliens, robots and rocket ships marched on the Saint Martin’s University campus Saturday afternoon as part of the 26th annual Lacey Spring Fun Fair.

Parking lots were filled before the children’s parade began at noon, where participants dressed in a nod to this year’s theme of Lacey Spacey Celestial Parade.

Children sported handmade robot outfits made of boxes covered in tin foil with knobs, buttons and coat hanger antennae. Others displayed entire solar systems made from plastic foam on their heads.

Rhubarb, the Tacoma Rainiers’ reindeer mascot, walked down the line, giving high-fives to children and fellow mascots, like Clifford the Big Red Dog and Reader the Rabbit.

The parade got off to a slow start as the children assembled.

“I like the super slow-motion effect,” the announcer said over the intercom. “Very nice — that way we can appreciate every detail.”

The parade was just one aspect of the two-day event of food, games, rides and activities. The fair continues Sunday, and will include a car show and, for the first time, a talent show. Most of the activities are free, with the exception of food.

“It’s the premier free family event in the South Sound,” said Jeff Gadman, Lacey City Council member. “We are really really happy we could continue it. … People seem happy and we are very pleased, especially with this showery day.”

Rains came off and on throughout the day, but didn’t seem to dissuade fair-goers.

Andrea Reed of Lacey, 26, has been coming to the fair as long as she can remember. Now she brings her 3-year-old son, Elias.

“It’s so much fun, and there are lots of different things to do, and all the kids stuff is free,” Reed said.

Reed’s friend Kate Sherrer of Olympia brought her 5-year-old daughter, Alana, and 8-year-old son, Zac.

Both enjoyed the parade, and were about to go on some rides.

“I like to see all my friends,” Zac said. “Plus get candy.”

Chelsea Krotzer: 360-754-5476 ckrotzer@theolympian.com theolympian.com/thisjustin @chelseakrotzer

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