Commentary by Sophie Pappas
As many of our readers know, I am the mother of a fabulously bright and beautiful two year old. However, two has its challenges (duh!) so I already know going into the week of Fall Festival that I will have to pick and choose our activities carefully. Here’s what I’ll be doing with my girl Sept. 6 through Sept. 8:
Friday: VIP Carnival Night
While this is an exclusive event for families with special needs children, I will be attending VIP Night as a photographer, and of course I’ll be bringing my girl with me! I think it’s important for her to be comfortable around all kinds of kids, and I also think it’s a great opportunity for those with special needs to not feel excluded from interacting with other types of children.
Saturday: Let the games begin…
Around 10 a.m. we will make our way over to the grandparents’ house, which is conveniently next to the starting point of the Fall Festival Parade. Starting at 10:15 a.m., the Zionsville Community High School marching bands will be making their way through the village, as well as many floats and local businesses. The best part? Free candies and goodies are given away—here’s to lollipops for breakfast!
By noon, we will be grabbing lunch at Greeks Pizzeria, and then making our way towards the park for elephant ears and cotton candy.
Naptime in the stroller, so my husband and I can take turns riding rides.
Kids Corner time! Made for toddlers to teenagers, this area of the park is filled with inflatable castles and slides. Individual tickets are $2, and an unlimited daily wrist band is $10.
By now I’ll be making my way over to the Silent Auction. Held at the Shelter House, this place will be filled with goodies from around the community. Online bidding starts weeks before at www.qtego.net/auc/zlc
This is a great time for the babysitter to show up, so my husband and I can sneak into the Big Top Tent for a drink (or two!), and enjoy some live music.
We will be hitting the bricks bright and early to support the Spokes of Hope bicycle riders. A 31, 62 or 100-mile race that supports cancer survivors is a blessed way to help finish a fun-filled family weekend!
Last but not least is the 12th Annual American Dream Car Show. This car show is in the park, and will feature local vehicles. Owners of great cars can register their vehicle at 11 a.m., and the awards (trophies will be handed out!) will be at 2:30 p.m. Registration cost is $20. For more on this, visit www.zionsvillelions.com.