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Kiwanis Club reflects fun at community fest

Large fundraiser offers vendors, music, but dooms Sunday attendance
By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
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For three years, Rocklin Kiwanis Club members have worked hard to host a large outdoor festival, featuring carnival rides, entertainment and food and beverage vendors as well as booths showcasing local businesses. The first two community festivals were held in March, so the organizers decided to delay this year’s event until May “so we would have good weather,” said President Tom McClelland. When the five-day event opened last Wednesday, organizers had high hopes of drawing in excess of 5,000 visitors, particularly on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s event featured more than 50 business vendor booths, a blood mobile to accept blood donations and an e-waste disposal site. Entertainment on the stage started at 11 a.m. and continued throughout the day. However, Sunday’s hail and rainstorm put a damper on the club’s best laid plans. A few hardy arts and craft vendors attempted to set up on Sunday, but soon gave up, said event chairman Nick Kirk. “It completely killed our potential profits,” he said. Donations from more than 25 organizations make the event economically feasible for the club, said Kirk. This festival is the club’s biggest fundraiser. Founded in 1994, the club has raised funds to spend on projects that benefit local youth. Their major projects are the annual Christmas shopping spree at Kmart for nearly 160 local children and scholarships to Del Oro, Rocklin and Whitney High School graduates. The club meets on Thursdays at noon at Coaches Sports Bar at Strikes Family Entertainment, 5681 Lonetree Blvd.