The Boca Grande Womans Club Island Fair has become the perfect pit stop for those who roll in the Bike Parade earlier the same day
The seamless marriage between the Boca Grande Woman's Club Island Fair and the Lee County Parks & Recreation Department's Bike Parade continues March 16 with the theme "Makin' Waves."
The partnering events are separate although the fair begins where the bike parade ends.
"There is some confusion," said Mary Keevil, Island Fair co-chair with Penn Branin. "One leads happily into the other but they are put on by different people."
The 28th annual Woman's Club Island Fair takes 50 volunteers to prepare and run while Bob Green and Joe Wier coordinate the bike parade, also in its 28th year.
"One event really supports the other," Branin said.
2012 Bike Path Parade winners
Best Group: The Aikens Family
Most Original: Adam, Grace and Anna Milne
Best Presentation of a Theme: The Bennetts
Best Bike: Isabella Steyer
Most Entertaining: Hugh Plumb
Most Creative (Green Theme): The Garden Club
Best of Show: Larry and Kitty Jenkins
Honorable Mention: The Pink Pony, Inn Krew, Taylor-Wheeler Family and Perry Mesloh.
The 30-minute parade rolls at 10:30 a.m. from Fifth Street and the Bike Path to the Community Center where the Island Fair will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parade lineup is at 9:50 a.m. and early registration is encouraged in one of four categories: business, nonprofit, group and children.
The Island Fair features children's games, the famous bake sale, cake walk, book sale, hamburgers, hot dogs and plant sale. Every active Woman's Club member brings an item for the bake sale, which makes for a marvelous buffet.
"That bake sale is huge," Keevil said.
Everything at the Island Fair is free outside the bake sale.
"It's the way we thank the community for all they do during the year," Branin said.
Women's Club committee heads include:
Angie Humbarger and Jodie Pearah, bake sale;
Boots Tolsdorf, cake walk;
Marianne Schlecht and Pauline Mendez, concessions;
Bonnie Slomkowski, decorations;
Judy Morrison, finance;
Kathy Berry, games;
Weezy Scott, Mary Jo Wilson and Jeanne McMillan, popcorn and sno-cones;
Bette Lyons, posters; and
Camille Williams, publicity.