The Lake Lure Spring Fling Festival is Saturday at Morse Park

Apr. 25, 2013 @ 06:17 AM

A Silly String arena will be just one of the fun activities at the Lake Lure Spring Fling Festival on Saturday.

“I wanted to get some activities that would entice the older kids because they have lots of energy to spend,” said Michelle Yelton, LLCA PTO. “I have two fenced off arenas, using that construction fencing. One is for smaller kids and one is for older kids. They can buy a can of Silly String for $2 and go in there and spray each other down. I think that will be a big attractive element.”

Saturday’s festivities, which will take place at Morse Park, begin with the Lake Lure Classical Academy Raptors Toga Run. This 5K is part of the Rutherford County race series and begins at 9 a.m. Awards will be presented by age group for the best togas. There will also be a 10 a.m. Fun Run for children.

The Spring Fling Festival starts at 11 a.m. Activities will include carnival games, inflatables, a dunk tank and a train.

“They can buy tickets for 25 cents each to play the games. The games are anywhere from two to four tickets to play. They can also buy a wristband for $5 and have unlimited inflatables and train rides,” Yelton said. “We are also going to have field day races including a three-legged race, relay race and sack races.”

Another big part of the day will be the cake eating contests. There will be one at 12:30 p.m. and another at 2:30 p.m.

“That should be really fun and it’s something the older kids can really get into,” Yelton said. “The cool thing for Lake Lure students is that if you win the cake eating contest, you get a full week of dress down passes, so they love that. If you don’t go to school here, we will give you 40 tickets. So you will get a good prize either way.”

The festival will also feature fire trucks, construction vehicles and a rescue truck that children can sit in. Venders for shopping and food will be available. Attendants can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win some package prizes.

“We are raffling off a lot of packages instead of individual prizes. We have things like a family adventure pack, pontoon boat rentals from Lake Lure Adventure Company and tickets to Chimney Rock Park,” Yelton said. “Instead of just winning one of those things, you are going to win a whole package.”

All of the money raised goes back to Lake Lure Classical Academy.

Yelton said that she hopes many of the new activities this year will appeal to children of all ages.

“A lot of times spring flings are fun for younger kids but the teenagers are not as interested. That was the challenge this year, adding activities that even the older kids would want to do too,” Yelton said. “I think it has something for preschool through high school students. We have stuff that would interest a variety of ages.”

For more information about the festival or toga run visit http://llca.teamcfa.org. Runners can enter the Toga Run the day of the race. The entry fee is $25 or $20 for ages 17 and under. The Fun Run is free. For more race information like Lake Lure Classical Academy Raptors Toga Run on Facebook.