Next Saturday, March 21, the morning air will be filled with the sweet smells of flowers, the birds will be singing, and the bike path will be humming with activity. It’s time for the 30th annual Woman’s Club Bike Parade and Spring Fair, this year aptly named “Fantasy Island: Live Your Dreams.”
The parade begins at 10:30 a.m., but line-up begins at 10 a.m. at 5th Street and the Bike Path. Bicycles and other pedaled vehicles are allowed, as well as non-gas-powered golf carts. Walking entries are encouraged as well.
Registration forms are available at the office of the Lee County Department of Parks and Recreation or on its website, leecounty.org. Forms may also be picked up at the Boca Grande post office.
The parade will start at 5th Street and the Bike Path, in front of the Gasparilla Inn and Club. Line-up starts at 9:50 a.m. and late registration will be held at 5th Street at 9:45 a.m. Members of the Lemon Bay High School marching band and ROTC color guard will lead the parade, followed by grand marshal Hebe Murphy, president of the Boca Grande Woman’s Club.
Following the parade the Spring Fair will be held on the grounds of the Boca Grande Community Center. One of the highlights this year will be an old-fashioned dunk tank, and many of the major organizations and personalities on Boca Grande will be represented.
Take your pick from the following list of Dunk Tank targets: Marta Howell, Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center; Jean Thompson, The Island School; Bayne Stevenson, GICIA; Jeff Corkhill, Lee County Sheriff’s Department; Jon Reecher, The Gasparilla Inn; Dr. Tom Ervin, Boca Grande Health Clinic; Dusty Hopkins, The Boca Beacon; Steve “H” Wetzel, Boca Bay Pass Club and Hebe Murphy, Boca Grande Woman’s Club.
Fair activities will include pony rides provided by the Bit of Hope Ranch in Englewood, face painting, clowns and jugglers, balloon sculpting and a caricaturist.
There will be games for the children and a cake walk. Drinks, hot dogs and hamburgers will be sold at the concession stand and sno cones and popcorn will also be available.
There will be performances by the jazz bands of Lemon Bay High School and L.A. Ainger Middle School.
Once again, Boca Grande’s best cooks will be hard at work making casseroles, cookies, brownies, breads, cakes and pies for the “Fantasy Foods Bake and Take.” Members of the Woman’s Club donate items for the sale, proceeds from which will go to the club’s scholarship program. The sale will feature casseroles and “dinners for two,” breads and coffee cakes, pies and cakes, cookies, brownies and bars, soups and appetizers and some specialty jams, jellies and sauces.
This community-wide event is made possible by a host of volunteers. In addition to members of the Woman’s Club, there are members of the Lemon Bay High School football team, marching and jazz bands and ROTC color guard members participating. Some of the students from the L.A. Ainger Jazz band will be there as well.
The event is sponsored by the Boca Grande Woman’s Club and Lee County Department of Parks and Recreation.