ROSCOE - Costumed princesses, pirates and their parents gathered Saturday morning to register for the Kiddie Costume Parade and Contest, one of many special events featured at the Roscoe Fall Festival this weekend at Leland Park.
The three-day festival sponsored by the Roscoe Lions Club kicked off Friday evening and went through Sunday. It featured the costume contest, parade, carnival, live entertainment, beer tent, raffles, fireworks and more.
The food alone was enough to keep many attendees busy. The Lions Café menu featured meal deals every day of the festival ranging from ham to pork chop dinners in addition to hot dogs and hamburgers.
On Sunday the Roscoe United Methodist men hosted a pancake breakfast at the park.
With clear and pleasant weather the event attracted big crowds. One of the popular stops Saturday morning was the Kiddie Costume Parade attracting 47 excited kids and their families.
"The festival is going well, and the Kiddie Parade went smoothly," said Roscoe Lions Club President George Mayland.
"We try to keep the festival family-oriented. We do a great job with a few people," said John Martin, past president of the Lions Club.
The Kiddie Costume Parade moved through the park to the Main Stage for judging on Saturday morning, much to the delight of fans.
Ashlie Miles was excited to bring her daughter Mila Wessner to the big event.
"She loves being dressed as a lady pirate," Miles added.
Once everyone was in the Bingo tent, Girl Scout Troop Roscoe Mariner Ship 361 performed sing-a-long songs with motions and encouraged the children to participate.
Jeannie Ann Parma, the service leader for the festival leading up the Kiddie Costume Parade and Contest for the first time, said she made some quick adjustments this year when Bubbles the Clown couldn't make it and she enlisted the help of a magician, Johnny Silver, to entertain the kids. The magician was a big hit, enlisting lots of enthusiastic volunteers from the audience.
"Johnny Silver must have charmed all 47 children as they stayed attentive during the show," Parma said.
In addition to the Saturday morning costume parade and activities, children were having fun throughout the carnival grounds. Children and their families lined up for the rides with a $20 wristband special for all the rides they could fit in within four hours.
People also had the chance to win money at this festival. The Roscoe Lions Clubs had a 50/50 raffle with drawings every two hours and offered a grand prize drawing for $5,000 in addition to smaller cash prizes. Attendees could also register at the attendance tent to win cash and merchandise with drawings held every 20 minutes.