The Fulton Elks will launch the spring carnival season with their 60th Annual May Day Celebration and Bike Giveaway on May 4 and 5.
The first week in May of each year is Elks National Youth Week, and the May Day celebration has become a popular mainstay of the area.
It’s a fun-filled family weekend during which the Elks recognize the young people in our community.
Fulton Elks Exalted Ruler, Ross Belfiore, said, “Especially in today’s environment of alcohol and other drug use by youths, positive and productive alternatives are needed.”
There will be live entertainment, food, music, dancing, midway rides, concessions and games, activities and more. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
The fair will be held on the grounds of the Elk’s lodge at 57 Pierce Drive (off Route 481, behind K-Mart Plaza). This festival never fails to bring a smile to the faces of many boys and girls in the community.
The celebration begins May 4 with midway rides, concessions and games by Ontario Amusements starting at 6 p.m.
The Elks will be cooking hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and pizza, and the bar will be open for refreshments. To top it off, the band Detour will be on stage from 6-10 p.m. in the pavilion.
The second day of the event, May 5, opens with the crowning of the May Day King and Queen at 11:30 a.m.
Their will be a chicken barbecue, rides and games throughout the day, and Domicolo-Barlow Band will provide entertainment! In addition, there will be displays from the Fire Department and Fulton Police.
The bike giveaway, considered the highlight of the event, will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Every child in the Central Square, Fulton, Hannibal and Phoenix school district in grades K-6 is eligible to enter the bike raffle. Drawings will be held every hour on the hour and one girl and one boy from each grade will receive a new bicycle with a helmet.
Children must be present to receive the bike. Several area businesses helped fund the event and WalMart provides the bikes at a discounted price.
Ray Caprin is Fulton Elks Leading Knight, PER, and this year’s May Day Committee Chairman. He said the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” has become a buzz phrase recently. But for the Elks, it is no revelation. We’ve been practicing this belief for years. Investing in the future of our country by providing opportunities for children has always been a hallmark of the Order of Elks.
For more information, please call 598-4363.