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April 27, 2012

Spring celebration proceeds to benefit Elkhart community agencies

ELKHART — The city of Elkhart Parks and Recreation Department and Pillars of Elkhart are teaming up for the “We Give” Spring Celebration Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Central Park in downtown Elkhart.

This event will be kicking off with a 5K run and 1.5 mile family fun walk at 11 a.m. and continue with live performances from BAD Entertainment, Heartland County Cloggers, magician Steve Vaught, Pyrotation Nation and Urban Renewal, as well as all day games, crafts, vendors and rock climbing and jousting from the National Guard.

Team sports will include tug-of-war, cornhole and bed races.

Proceeds from “We Give” Spring Celebration benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County, Santa’s Pantry and the Elkhart County Women’s Shelter.

Elkhart has held a spring event for the past three years, but this year the mission has changed, according to organizers. The focus of the “We Give” Spring Celebration is to encourage the citizens of Elkhart to get involved and give back to their local community. This event incorporates family activities for children of all ages and an avenue for not-for-profits to share their missions.

Event participants are asked to take donations of non-perishable food items, new or gently used linens, eye glasses and hearing aids that will distributed to local not-for-profits.  

Race and tournament fees, and registration forms can be found online at www.elkhartindiana.org/parks.

For more information, call the Elkhart Parks and Recreation Department at 574-295-7572.

Event schedule

10 to 10:45 a.m. — Race registration (NIBCO Water & Ice Park)

11 a.m. — 5K Run/Walk begins

11:15 a.m. — 1.5 mile Family Fun Walk begins

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebration in Central Park

Crafts, games, vendors, climbing wall, face painting and more

12:30 p.m. — Tug-Of-War Tournament ($10 per team)

1 p.m. — Cornhole Tournament ($10 per team)

2 p.m. — Bed Races ($10 per team)

On the stage

Noon — Dancing with BAD Entertainment

1 p.m. — Heartland Country Cloggers

2 p.m. — Magician Steve Vaught

2:30 p.m. — Pyrotation Nation (Fire Show)

3 p.m. — Music by Urban Renewal  

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