“Let the Music Play” is the theme of the 2017 Children’s Fair on Saturday, June 3. This marks the 66th year for the Shoemakersville tradition, which will include a parade at 11 a.m. and a carnival from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We always joke that it’s a five-minute parade, but that it takes a lot of time and people to organize it,” said Shilper Moser, president of the Shomakersville Recreation Board. “Whether you are ‘all about the bass,” want to ‘turn the beat around, or enjoy the ‘music of the night,’ [you can] share your favorite music or musicians at the 2017 Children’s Fair.”
As in years past, the event will begin with a parade featuring local organizations and Grand Marshal Robert Kershner. Scheduled to appear are the Hamburg band, Shoemakersville Fire Company, Smokey the Bear, scout troops, Shoey Baseball Association, Lion’s Club, Perry Elementary PTO and local churches and businesses.
Entries in the parade are still being accepted but must fit into the children-centric theme. New this year, Moser notes, are members of the “Fresh Life” skateboard and extreme sports outreach.
“They’ve been doing an excellent job of getting kids outside and doing things,” Moser said of Fresh Life. “It has been a very positive thing in our area.”
After the parade, the carnival will begin in the Shoemakersville Park, located off 8th Street in town. Visitors can play carnival games, try out an obstacle course or eat barbecue sandwiches and fresh-cut French fries and other treats. The day will also include a petting zoo and bounce house along with a raffle featuring 50 themed baskets and children’s bikes.
Live music will entertain crowds. Featured will be the Ascending Chamber Strings, Hawkridge Blue Grass and a barbershop quartet.
“Our entertainment does pick out a few unique pieces in the theme,” Moser said, noting that performers will span several genres. “And they are all Hamburg students. I’m very impressed.”
Other performances will include Thunderbolts Production Baton Twirling, Erica Mietelski of Pound Fitness and Irish dancing with Marian Hoffman.
“She’ll ask some children to join in,” Moser says, noting some music will be from the soundtrack of the film, Trolls. “Some little “trolls” will be able to join her.”
Denny Messner will serve as deejay, a role he has filled for many years. Many other community volunteers will also serve behind the scenes.
“This year, I’ve had an influx of volunteers,” Moser said, noting that volunteers include local business owners, boy-scout troops and “graduates” of the board’s summer park program. “I can’t believe it!”
Registration for the parade will open Saturday, June 3, at 10am in the Babe Ruth field at the Shoey Park. The rain date for this year’s parade and carnival is Sunday, June 4.
All proceeds from the Children’s Fair will benefit the Shoemakersville Recreation Board. The board organizes a free summer park program for area children. The summer program will run from June 12 to August 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For details, visit www.shoeyboro.org.
Joining Moser on the rec board are Jennifer Adams, Kristi Hartman, Tara Kennedy-Kline, Chris Kline, Nate Wiles, Brieane Botwright and honorary member Amy Botwright.