Tuesday Mar 03 2009
Rocklin Kiwanis offer people with disabilities a free ride at St. Patrick’s Day Festival
By: Staff report
Rocklin Kiwanis and Wold Amusements have announced that they will be offering free unlimited carnival rides for people with disabilities at the opening night of the St. Patrick's Festival from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 at the Blue Oaks Town Center. The carnival will run daily through March 15. There is no admission and one-day ride passes will be available on site for $25 per person. On opening night, in addition to offering free passes to people with disabilities, the carnival is offering $1 rides to all in attendance. The festival also includes a parade, which will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 14. The parade route begins at Atherton Road and Lonetree Boulevard, heading south on Lonetree Boulevard and finishing at the Blue Oaks Town Center, where Rocklin Kiwanis is hosting a free St. Pat's celebration that day, complete with live entertainment, an extensive drawing and dozens of booths, including the Rocklin Police Free Child ID service. The Parade Grand Marshall is Rocklin Unified School District Superintendent Kevin Brown. Niello Porsche and Land Rover of Rocklin are providing luxury vehicles to transport event dignitaries. Other parade entries include the Radio Disney van, the Shriner go-carts and a "free ice-cream" truck, provided by Umpqua Bank. Green is a color that most businesses would like to see more of these days. Despite economic difficulties, many community-oriented businesses have stepped up to support the festival. Nick Lynch of Local Heroes Productions, the promoter of the event, reports that 16 businesses have written checks, ranging from $300 to $2,750 each, the largest coming from Nationwide Insurance. In addition, more a dozen businesses, including Wave Broadband and Gold Country Media, have contributed in-kind services, for a total value of more than $30,000. "I guess Rocklin wants to have a parade!" Lynch said, reflecting on the business community and local leaders' support of the St. Patrick's Festival in the wake of the suspension of the Rocklin Jubilee for 2009.