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Military Family Fun Fair

Free everything Saturday in Lacey

Military families receive free pony rides, meet super heroes, enjoy carnival snacks, face painting, games and much more in Lacey this Saturday. RSVP at Courtesy photo

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Saturday should be a scorcher, but local military families have a free, fun day ahead of them in Lacey.

The day starts with the Military Family Fun Fair, a free day of pony rides, visits with super heroes, face painting, mini-golf, popcorn and cotton candy, games and more, sponsored by The Ranger and Airlifter newspapers and USAA.

"Everything is free except the food truck," said Ken Swarner, event organizer.  

Local businesses and organizations are turning out to welcome new military families to the area, as well as thank those already here for their service.

"We want the entire military family to know they are appreciated for the sacrifices they make in service to our country," Swarner added.

The event is on the campus grounds of Holy Family School.  To attend, families should RSVP at

On tap for Saturday are an army of face painters, pony rides, huge inflatable slides, mini-golf, half a dozen roaming super heroes ready for photos, games, crafts and so much more.

"It's a fun day for families to enjoy time together at no cost," Swarner added.

Afterwards, families are encouraged to walk next door and enjoy the dock at Long Lake.  This park is free and right next to the parking for the event at Holy Family.  Families can stretch out on the grass while taking jumps into the lake to cool off.

Saturday a one-two punch for family fun," Swarner said. The lake is beautiful and the park well maintained.  Parking is also free at the Thurston County fairgrounds so it is no problem to find parking for both events.  Park the car once and enjoy.
Again, to participate in Saturday, go to to sign up.

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