Northwest News

Kids of all ages return every year for Lacey Spring Fun Fair

Xavier Dade, 6, looks forward to Lacey Spring Fun Fair every year.

He loves the rides, the bounce houses and the cotton candy. He’s been attending the event, hosted by the city at Saint Martin’s University, since he was a baby. This year his grandmother, Shanda Luthy of Lacey, accompanied him Saturday.

“Every spring, he starts asking about Fun Fair,” Luthy said. “So of course we had to come.”

This year, Xavier’s favorite attraction was a large, inflatable obstacle course called Leaps and Bounds. Children started on a raised platform and jumped onto a series of large, red balls. He said he pretended the balls were floating on water.

“So far we’ve spent more than 30 minutes in the bounce houses,” Luthy said. “Anywhere else, that would be really expensive.”

That’s part of the appeal of Fun Fair: It’s free. Luthy said she doesn’t know how large families with four or five children can afford to attend other fairs.

“Here, he can do as much as he wants and it doesn’t cost anything,” Luthy said.

Fun Fair has more than just food and bounce houses. The two-day event includes more than 50 booths where children can play games and do crafts. The Lacey Police and Fire departments were on hand to show off their vehicles and talk to children. Intercity Transit even brought a bus for children to explore.

The first day of the event was to be topped by a 6 p.m. parade on College Street and Pacific Avenue.

Fun Fair continues from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (May 17) with a 2 p.m. talent show and an all-day classic car show.