28th annual Lacey Spring Fun Fair rolls onto Saint Martin’s University campus this weekend

The annual Lacey Spring Fun Fair offers everything you’d expect to find at a fair: food, games, crafts, face painting, entertainment and a parade.

There will be rides, too — including pony rides, a circus train and a thrill ride called Leaps and Bounds (think the TV show “Wipeout”).

“We are excited about having a record number of vendors; this means more food, more stuff to see,” said Jeanette Sieler, recreation supervisor for the city of Lacey.

Sieler said the success of the fair, now in its 28th year, is based on the sense of community.

“This event is so great because it is all about community,” she said. “Local sponsors make it possible for it to stay free and fabulous. Also community groups come out to offer free activities in Kids’ World. We couldn't do it without them.”

This year, attendees will have the opportunity to meet Barbara Jean Hicks, who wrote two new books based commissioned by Disney — “Frozen: A Sister More Like Me” and “Frozen: An Amazing Snowman.” Among her seven children’s books, she also has written “Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli” and “The Secret Life of Walter Kitty.” Hicks will be at the Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes booth from noon-2 p.m. both days. Hicks will have books for sale, and will sign yours if you bring it along.

Among the highlights of the fair will be the Grand Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday. The grand marshal for this year’s fair is Michaela Renick. In six years of speed skating, the 10-year-old had won more than 110 medals. Last year, Renick won seven gold medals in the juvenile division during the State Games of Oregon.

The parade will include more than 65 groups, and awards will be given out in 19 categories. The route will be along College Street Southeast and then along Pacific Avenue Southeast, ending at Bowker Street Southeast.

Again this year, the fair will include Kids’ World inside the Hal and Inga Marcus Pavilion. There will be more than booths activities geared toward children from more than 50 organizations. Outside the pavilion, there will be an inflatable obstacle course and a train ride for the entire family.

Sunday’s schedule includes a car show from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and the All Star Talent show at 2 p.m. The winners of the talent show will receive $150, as well as $200 to donate to a favorite charity. The show will take place at the main outdoor stage.

Also on the entertainment schedule are River Ridge Taiko, Komachin Jazz Band, Evergreen Country Dancers, Olympia Sweet Adelines Chorus, McPherson Highland Dance, Puget Sound Barbershop Chorus and Mas Uda Dancers.

Like any fair, there will be plenty of food. Vendors will be selling items such as egg rolls, gyros, kettle corn, elephant ears, barbecued items and shaved ice.

It also looks the weather will cooperate. The forecast Tuesday called for cloudy skies both days, with a 30 percent chance of rain Sunday afternoon. Highs will be around 63 degrees Saturday and 70 on Sunday.