May 10, 2007 in Voices

Parade Saturday in Otis Orchards

By The Spokesman-Review
 

A parade, antique tractor show and kids games are planned Saturday at the Otis Orchards Community Day.

“It all starts at 10 a.m.,” said Nancy Johnson, Community Day spokeswoman. “We’ll have kids games, a fish pond, bean bag games, hotdogs. Anyone who wants to be in the parade can be in it.”

The games will get under way at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Otis Orchards Elementary School, 22000 E. Wellesley Ave. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints parking lot, 21022 E. Wellesley Ave., and roll to a stop roughly a mile away in the parking lot of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 4521 N. Arden Road.

Community Day is being organized by Otis Orchards SCOPE.

Johnson said the event is a first.

In the past, SCOPE volunteers have organized a spring bike rodeo in an empty parking lot near Harvard Road and Wellesley Avenue. But a bakery opened in the building adjacent to the lot and needs the parking space.

SCOPE volunteers started talking about a month ago about holding a kids’ day event at the playground of Otis Orchards Elementary School. Plans quickly snowballed.

The bike rodeo is still planned, with free bike helmets for participating children. Other safety items such as gun locks also will be available free of charge.

But the Weiler Memorial Fun Run has been canceled.

The three-mile run, which raised money for Cancer Patient Care, typically took place the second Saturday of May. It honored longtime Otis Orchards residents Steve Weiler and his sons Brian and Dale, all of whom died from cancer.

The memorial event attracted as many as 300 runners and raised a few thousand dollars.

The Weiler family had expected the fun run to be held again this year and was collecting donations when its partner, Otis Orchards Elementary, announced it had other commitments and couldn’t support the run.

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