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Des Plaines Spring Fun Fair is May 19

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  • Grab your dog and your ride and strut your stuff at the Pooch, Pet & Pedal Parade.

      Grab your dog and your ride and strut your stuff at the Pooch, Pet & Pedal Parade.
    Courtesy Lisa Haring/Des Plaines Park District

  • Test your mettle on the Lattof YMCA's climbing wall.

      Test your mettle on the Lattof YMCA's climbing wall.
    Courtesy Lisa Haring/Des Plaines Park District

  • Touch a Truck will be in the Juno Lighting parking lot.

      Touch a Truck will be in the Juno Lighting parking lot.
    Courtesy Lisa Haring/Des Plaines Park District

 
Submitted by the Des Plaines Park District

The annual Des Plaines Park District Spring Fun Fair will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Mountain View Adventure Center, 510 E. Algonquin Road, and across the street in the Juno Lighting parking lot. All activities, entertainment, and events are free.

The Touch a Truck, sponsored by the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce, will be in the Juno Lighting parking lot. Kids of all ages can get behind the wheels of big rigs, construction trucks and road equipment and explore fire engines, police cars and emergency vehicles.

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It is a hands-on opportunity for families to learn about the City of Des Plaines' public safety equipment and for kids to honk the horn and thrill to the sound of the siren.

The Pooch, Pet & Pedal Parade, sponsored by the Des Plaines City Special Events Commission, kicks off at 11 a.m. with awards and prizes immediately following. Register from 10-11 a.m. in the Mountain View Adventure Center parking lot. Participants compete in 10 categories ranging from best theme and best dressed to best helmet and best wheels.

The Izzak Walton League will offer fishing tips, and anglers alike can catch and release fish from sunfish, blue gills and large mouth bass at the Mountain View retention ponds.

The bike Safety Town for young riders is sponsored by Maine Township, and free bike helmets for the first 50 children who need them will be given away by the Des Plaines Healthy Community Foundation.

Kids can test their skills on the Lattof YMCA Climbing Wall and try their luck in an oversized, inflatable obstacle course sponsored by the park district.

The park district will run a Kids' 100-yard dash at 11 a.m. on the Prairie Lakes field. Races are in age groups 3-5, 6-9, and 10-13. Ribbons are awarded for first, second and third place in each age group.

New this year is a petting zoo sponsored by Alan Tinker Plumbing & Rodding LLC. Kids can get nose to nose with some friendly, four-legged friends. Don't forget to bring your camera.

Free parking is available in the Juno Lighting parking lot. For information, visit www.DPParks.org or call (847) 391-5700.

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