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The annual kickoff to Clackamas County Fair week is getting organized as the parade looms

Since 1948, the Canby Kiwanis Kiddie Capers Parade has kicked off the Clackamas County Fair.

The tradition continues with the 70th anniversary parade on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m.

All registered participants – kids and their parents or guardians – receive a ticket for free admission to the fair, good on opening day.

Free registration begins at 8 a.m. behind Knight School, at NW Fifth Avenue and N. Fir Street. Judging of costumed and decorated entries begins at 9 a.m. Once the parade takes off at 10 a.m., it takes a half hour to an hour to wind its way through downtown Canby and enter the Locust Street gate of the fairgrounds.

The parade will have a live broadcast on CTV5 from Gwynn's Coffee House on the parade route. Matt English from Canby Fire and Todd Gary from Canby Kiwanis and Canby Fire will emcee.

Grand marshals for the Kiddie Capers Parade are Keith and Nancy Murphy, long-time Kiwanians who have given years of service to club activities.

A new, streamlined registration form with rules, information, and updated map is available in English and Spanish at https://www.canbykiwanis.org/Page/11933.

"We hope families and groups will create costumes and decorate a bike or wagon, or put together a float, and join the fun," said parade chair Tony Crawford. "We especially like to see entries that tie in with the fair's theme, which is 'Grow It… Sew It…Show It.'" To help kids get their bikes decorated, Canby Kiwanis will hold a free bike decorating workshop in the Knight School covered area on Monday, August 13 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bikes can be locked in the gym overnight once they are decorated and picked up in time for the judging.

Canby Kiwanis will award cash prizes and ribbons to winners ages 15 and under, in the categories of fair theme, historic theme, or comic theme costumes (comic meaning comic strip and superhero characters as well as just plan humorous); decorated bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers; and animals such as pets or horses. Winners in the float and marching 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. All animals must be leashed, harnessed, or on halters. Political campaigning is not permitted, although current officeholders may participate as representatives of their governmental office.

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.

If you have questions, use the Contact Us page at http://www.canbykiwanis.org/Page/11324.

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