2018-10-11 / Scene

Fantasy Forest will be Saturday at Rowden Park

By NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com


The horses of the Lapeer County Sheriff Department’s Mounted Unit are always a favorite for many children during Fantasy Forest who can take a brief ride on the baseball diamond this Saturday at Rowden Park in Lapeer. 
Photo by Jeff Hogan The horses of the Lapeer County Sheriff Department’s Mounted Unit are always a favorite for many children during Fantasy Forest who can take a brief ride on the baseball diamond this Saturday at Rowden Park in Lapeer. Photo by Jeff Hogan LAPEER — Next week, the wooded trails of Rowden Park will take on a life of their own, and young people will have the chance to get some treats while supporting good local causes.

Now in its 23rd year, the 40 et 8’s Fantasy Forest provides children of all ages and their parents, grandparents or guardians with the chance to gather at Rowden Park on Saturday, Oct. 13 to check out the many stations along the barrier-free trail.

Area residents are invited to attend in their best nonscary costumes to explore and collect treats from as many as 65 stations. The gate opens at 11 a.m. with the last admittance at 3 p.m., rain or shine. Rowden Park is located on M-24 across from McLaren Lapeer Region.

Admission tickets are $4 per child on the day of the event and include an activity book with crayons. Advance tickets are available at all Lapeer County Security Credit Unions and the Lapeer ELGA Credit Union for $3. Adults can walk the trail with their children for just $1.

The Forest has 50 organizations signed up for stations along the trail. Visitors to Fantasy Forest can enjoy stations such as Scooby Doo, Dr. Seuss, Winnie the Pooh, Chocolate Factory, Candyland, Cowboys and Cowgirls, Alice in Wonderland, Drug Awareness, Camping Out and Disney Storybook. Each of the more than 50 booths will feature a kid-friendly, non-scary theme and offer treats, games and costumed characters for family enjoyment.

In addition to the treat trail, there will be several stations available throughout the park that offers visitors unique opportunities. WMPC Christian radio station will broadcast live at their station and kids might have the chance to hear themselves broadcast on the radio. The Lions’ Project Kid Sight will provide vision screening to all comers, free of charge, and Sparky the fire dog from Lapeer Fire & Rescue will interact with the children throughout the day. Pony rides will be available from the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Mounted Division, and for hungry visitors, the “YaEatYet?” food truck will have food on-site available for purchase.

The Fantasy Forest has something for all ages, said organizers, as it focuses on the fantasy aspect of Halloween, not the scary aspect. The black-topped trail through the woods and over the bridges will be lined with activities, games and goodies, and cartoon and storybook characters will interact with everyone along the trail. Children can win their own pumpkin by drawing a patriotic bead from a fishbowl.

This is a fun, easy walk with many activities and a bag full of goodies. More than that, funds raised help support numerous worthy causes throughout Lapeer County; including but not limited to nursing scholarships, Holiday Depot, Stone Soup Food Pantry, child welfare, Lapeer County Young Marines, Child Advocacy Center, Family Literacy Center, Operation Care Package of Michigan, Kiwanis Club of Lapeer Sunrise Backpack, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Mounted Division, Pregnancy Resource Center of Lapeer, Veterans Esteem Team of Lapeer County, and Forever Friends Network.

Costumes, strollers and small wagons are welcome. However, no roller blades, skateboards or bicycles are permitted. For more information, contact Wayne Jacobs at 810-664-0123 or jacobsladderlpr@aol.com.

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