The biggest event of the year for the Lone Grove Kiwanis Club is almost here. Lone Grove Days will kick off Friday night in it’s traditional style with gospel singing at 6:30 p.m.  at Sullivan Park.
“It’s our very longest tradition,” said Holly Dunn, Lone Grove Kiwanis secretary, of the gospel singers. The singers will be followed by the first game of the little league season. The games will continue  Saturday, as well. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.
Events start off bright and early Saturday with a 5k color run at 7:30 a.m. and a pancake breakfast to follow at 8 a.m. For the first time this year, Lone Grove Days will have a kid’s parade through the park.
Dunn said children can decorate any non-motorized wagon, bicycle, tricycle or scooter and dress up to demonstrate their Longhorn Pride. The parade will be led by The Thundering herd Band. Entry is $5, due during registration at 10 a.m. at the community center.
The parade starts at 11 a.m., leaving the community center and traveling through the Sullivan Family Park. First and second place prizes will be awarded to best decorated in each age group. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
“We’ll have kids games and 30-minute giveaways this year we have a dunk tank and confetti characters My Little Pony and a Ninja Turtle,” Dunn said.
There will also be a 40-foot inflatable obstacle course with a 20-foot slide, as well as a bounce house. As per tradition, they will also crown Miss Lone Grove and hold a kid’s tractor pull, she said.
Attendees can also enjoy horseshoe games, three-on-three basketball, a car show, food, booths and vendors on Saturday.
“We have a lot of fun, that’s for sure,” Dunn said.
Lone Grove Days will help support Kiwanis, an organization that helps local children.
“Our focus is the kids,” she said. “It goes right back to the schools.”