In celebration of its 27th year, the Lacey Spring Fun Fair on Saturday and Sunday is going animalistic.
In addition to bringing back the pony rides, the fair is also playing host to “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” an exhibit that features a variety of animals of all shapes and sizes.
The new attractions make up just a small portion of the slate of events, performers and activities that organizers have lined up this year.
“You can expect two stages of entertainment with 50 activities for children in Kids World,” fair chairman Ruth Weigelt said. “Then outside, you have the 300-foot zip line, a circus train, then of course, we’ll have arts and crafts, and additional vendors and food vendors.”
The centerpiece of the fair continues to be the grand parade that kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday.
“We have 57 different entries this year, everything from clowns to floats to horses,” parade coordinator Jeannette Seiler said. “We are very excited to have the Blue Thunder drum line from the Seahawks, and I’m very excited about our grand marshal Stephanie Hemphill, executive of the Lacey chamber.”
Organizers estimate approximately 16,000 people will visit the fair this year as it continues its yearly mission to provide free family fun to the South Sound.
“The committee has worked very hard to gain sponsorships to make this a free event so that families can come out, spend the day, not spend any money and have a good time,” said Seiler. “You don’t have to tell your kid, ‘No you can’t do this,’ and, ‘No you can’t do that.’ Just enjoy it.”
As Weigelt sees it, the Spring Fun Fair represents a great opportunity to give back to the Lacey community at large.
“It’s truly a community festival,” she said. “It’s a big thank you to the community, and when you look around you’ll see the police department, the fire department, the school district, St. Martin’s (University), the City of Lacey all participating.”
“Lacey is a very family-oriented community, and this is just emphasized with the Lacey Spring Fun Fair,” Seiler said. “Families are welcomed, all ages can enjoy it. We have activities that are geared to everyone from the very young to the very old. It’s a great place to see you neighbors in the community in a great positive atmosphere. It brings the community together in a really fun way.”
Lacey Spring Fun Fair
Where: St. Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
More information: laceyspringfunfair.com