The Fulton Elks will launch the spring carnival season with their 60th annual May Day Celebration and Bike Giveaway May 4 and 5.
The first week in May of each year is Elks National Youth Week, and the May Day celebration has become a popular mainstay of the area. It’s afamily weekend during which the Elks recognize the young people in the community.
Fulton Elks Exalted Ruler Ross Belfiore said, “Especially in today’s environment of alcohol and other drug use by youths, positive and productive alternatives are needed.”
There will be live entertainment, food, music, dancing, midway rides, concessions, games, activities and more.
The event is open to the public and admission is free. The fair will be held on the grounds of the Elk’s lodge at 57 Pierce Drive.
The celebration begins Friday, May 4 with midway rides, concessions and games by Ontario Amusements starting at 6 p.m. The Elks will be cooking hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and pizza, and the bar will be open for refreshments.
The band Detour will be on stage from 6 to 10 p.m. in the pavilion.
The second day of the event, Saturday, May 5, opens with the crowning of the May Day King and Queen at 11:30 a.m.
There will be a chicken barbecue, rides and games throughout the day, and Domicolo-Barlow Band will provide entertainment.
In addition, there will be displays from the Fulton Fire Department and Fulton Police Department.
The bike giveaway will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Every child in the Central Square, Fulton, Hannibal and Phoenix school districts in grades K-6 are eligible to enter the bike raffle.
Drawings will be held every hour on the hour and one girl and one boy from each grade will receive a new bicycle with a helmet. Children must be present to receive the bike. Several area businesses helped fund the event and WalMart provided the bikes at a discounted price.