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Kiddie Capers Parade kicks off Clackamas County Fair

Participants in parade get free admission to fair

Kids and parents have a fun way to get free admission to opening day of this year’s Clackamas County Fair, by participating in the annual Kiddie Capers Parade on Aug. 16 in Canby.

All registered parade participants receive a ticket for free admission to the fair, good Aug. 16 only. Free registration begins at 8 a.m. behind Knight Elementary School, at Northwest Fifth Avenue and North Fir Street. Judging of costumes and decorated entries kicks off at 9 a.m. The parade gets rolling at 10 a.m. and wends its way through downtown Canby to enter the Locust Street gate of the fairgrounds.

“We encourage everyone to dress in costume or decorate their bikes, trikes and strollers or pets, especially in ways that tie in with the fair’s annual theme,” Kiwanis Club President Todd Gary said.

This year’s fair theme is “Spectacular Fun for Everyone.” Canby Kiwanis will award cash prizes and ribbons to individual winners in the categories of fair-themed costumes; historic-themed costumes; comic-themed costumes; decorated bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers; and harnessed or leashed animals. Winners in the float and group categories will receive ribbons.

Canby Kiwanis encourages participants — especially large groups like preschools and dance studios — to fill out their registration forms in advance. Every participant must have a responsible adult sign a waiver, and adult participants must also register. A new, streamlined registration form with rules, information and a map is available in English and Spanish at canbykiwanis.org, or on the Clackamas County Fair website at clackamas.us/fair/fair.html.

For those who would like help decorating their bikes, trikes or strollers, Canby Kiwanis Club will hold a decorating workshop offering free materials on Monday, Aug. 15, behind Knight Elementary School from 4-6 p.m. Decorated vehicles may be stored in the locked gym overnight and picked up the morning of the parade between 8 and 9 a.m. Helmets are required when riding bikes, trikes, scooters and similar conveyances in the parade. No motorized go-karts, motorbikes or similar vehicles are allowed.

Continuing a treasured tradition, the Canby Kiwanis Club has sponsored the Kiddie Capers Parade to kick off the fair since 1948.

“It’s one way we live the Kiwanis mission, ‘serving the children of the world,’” Gary said. “For us it’s all about the kids. We want them to experience the old-fashioned fun of having a parade that is all about them, and this parade has always fit in perfectly with the small-town feel of the Clackamas County Fair.”

For more information, call Gary at 503-969-7459 or visit canbykiwanis.org/Page/11324.