After a larger-than-ever crowd last year, EasterFest 2018 will return to N. Kansas Avenue and Garfield Park in North Topeka this year on Saturday, March 31, the day before Easter.
Over three thousand people attended last year to watch the parade, visit the Fun Fair, listen to live music, visit over 70 vendor booths and take part in the big egg hunt or other activities.
Each year, dozens of churches, businesses and non-profit organizations take part in the parade, and dozens more set up vendor booths and kids’ games as part of the family fun fair. There have been lots of floats with a variety of themes, and all shapes and sizes of other vehicles, as well as walking entries such as schools, military groups, marching bands and more. The event is coordinated by C5Alive, a Christian leadership offshoot of the Capital City Christian Chamber of Commerce (C5).
“We’ve had a great response and new entries each year,” said Drew Walker, Parade & Entertainment Coordinator. “I expect it to just keep growing every year.”
The Easter Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on North Kansas Avenue at the railroad tracks in the NOTO Arts District and proceeding to Garfield Park. This will be followed by the Big Egg Hunt in the Garfield Park playground area. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., vendor booths, food trucks and kid’s activities will be happening all over Garfield Park, in the shelterhouse and in the gym. This year, even more churches, non-profit organizations, schools and local businesses are expected to enter floats and marching bands, etc., in the parade, as well as set up activity booths at the fun fair.
The Family Fun Fair will consist of activities geared toward children and families, as well as a health & wellness fair, vendor exhibits, and more. Live performers will be on hand all day, such as jazz bands, dance troupes, praise bands, solo artists, street entertainers and more.
New this year will be Cake Walks, and the Great Football Toss, where kids & adults can throw small footballs at a target on the ground to win one of four bicycles. Bounce houses, facepainting, pony rides and food trucks are always among the most popular attractions, as well as lazer tag, archery and bubble soccer.
EasterFest Sponsors are needed for the Vendor Market, Entertainment Stage, Food Court and Health Fair. Volunteers are also needed to help with the entire event.
For more information, visit www.TopekaEasterParade.com, email info@C5Alive.org or call 640-6399.