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Since 1948, the Canby Kiwanis Kiddie Capers Parade has kicked off the Clackamas County Fair in a way that's fun for kids

The tradition continues this year on Aug. 15 and all registered parade participants – kids and their parents or guardians – receive a ticket for free admission to the fair, good on opening day. STOCK IMAGE - Kiwanis International logo

Free registration begins at 8 a.m. behind Knight Elementary School at NW Fifth Avenue and N. Fir Street. Judging of costumed and decorated entries begins at 9 a.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and winds its way through downtown Canby to enter the Locust St. gate of the fairgrounds.

"We encourage everyone to dress in costume or decorate their bikes, trikes and strollers, or pets, especially in ways that tie in with the fair's annual theme," said parade chair Betty Crawford.

To help kids decorate, Kiwanis will hold a free bike decorating workshop in the Knight School covered area on Monday, Aug. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Canby Kiwanis will award cash prizes and ribbons to individual winners in the categories of fair-themed costumes; historic-themed costumes; comic-themed costumes; decorated bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers; and harnessed or leashed animals. Winners in the float and group categories will receive ribbons. Helmets are required when riding bikes, trikes, scooters and similar conveyances in the parade. No motorized go-karts, motorbikes or similar vehicles are allowed.

Canby Kiwanis encourages participants – especially large groups like preschools and dance studios – to fill out their registration forms in advance. Every participant must have a responsible adult sign a waiver, and adult participants must also register.

A new, streamlined registration form with rules, information, and a map is available in English and Spanish at www.canbykiwanis.org, or on the Clackamas County Fair web site at www.clackamas.us/fair/fair.html.

The Canby Kiwanis Club has sponsored the Kiddie Capers Parade to kick off the fair since 1948. "It's one way we live the Kiwanis mission, 'Serving the Children of the World,'" said Luana Hill, Canby Kiwanis president. "For us it's all about the kids. We want them to experience the old-fashioned fun of having a parade that is all about them, and this parade has always fit in perfectly with the small-town feel of the Clackamas County Fair."

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