Party in the Park set for Saturday

Published 9:56 am Thursday, April 28, 2016

Get ready to party in the park with a carnival-style, family-filled day to help raise money for a local non-profit organization.

The Exchange Club of Vicksburg Child and Parent Center will host the sixth annual Party in the Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Catfish Row Art Park downtown at 1200 Levee St.

“It is a family oriented event. So everybody from 0 to 100 and past can come, and there’ll be something for each and every person,” said Erma Driver, CAP Center executive director.

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The event is held each year to commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

The party will consist of games, food, karaoke, a bouncy house, a petting zoo provided by Alcorn State University, a cakewalk with cupcakes donated by area churches and trackless train rides on Levee Street between Clay and Grove streets, which will be blocked to traffic.

Admission is free, but tickets are required to gain access to the attractions and to purchase food. Tickets can be bought for $0.50 cents each at two ticket booths— one located near LD’s Kitchen and one on Levee Street.

“With the flyer you get one ticket for free,” Driver said. “So even if you don’t have any money you’ll have enough to do one thing.”

There will be a specialty cake silent auction with cakes donated by area bakers, and there will also be a raffle for an electronic keyboard, a Dolce and Gabbana perfume set and a $25 gift certificate. Raffle tickets are $1, and winners must be present.

A dance selection will kick off the event at 10 a.m., and students of The Conservatory of the Fine Arts will supply the entertainment for the day.

“We have several acts from that particular agency who will be sharing through vocal music and instrumental,” Driver said.

Hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and more will be available for purchase with tickets at the CAP Café.

“It’s a very economical event for parents who are looking for an opportunity to spend quality time with their children,” Driver said.

She said the CAP Center has a budget deficit of $20,000 because the United Way was not able to provide all the money requested by the center this year, but she is grateful for the money the organization did receive.

“It’s really critical this year more than others that we raise a substantial amount so that we can keep all of our current programs and services running smoothly for the community,” Driver said.

For more information, call the CAP Center at 601-634-0557.