Fall Family Fun Day & Walk

Fall Family Fun Day & Walk 2018

Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Masterson Station Park Fairgrounds

Lexington, Kentucky

 

DSACK’s annual Walk for Down Syndrome is more than just a walk this year! It’s also a day for lots of family fun. The new  Fall Family Fun Day and Walk will have lots of family-friendly activities, inflatables, carnival-type games, music and plenty of food offerings to go along with our traditional 1-mile fundraising walk.

What if I don’t want to register online?  Can I still pre-register for the Fall Family Fun Day & Walk? 

No worries.  You can download and print our registration form here and mail it in to our office!

How can I print a copy of the save-the-date postcards?

Download your copy here!

What can you expect this year?

Registration begins at 9 a.m. (If you’ve already registered online, no need to stop at registration.) We’ll begin the activities with a walk at 10 a.m. to celebrate people with Down syndrome. All activities, vendors and exhibitors open at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. Want to tailgate? Beginning at 9 a.m., there will be a designated area to set up a tent (no ground stakes allowed) or simply throw down a blanket. The cost of participating on a Walk team remains at $18 and gets you “in the door” of the Fall Family Fun Day events. (Members of the community who do not participate on a Walk team can get into the event for $18, as well.) There will be some things not included in the registration fee, such as food truck purchases and purchases from a few other vendors.

Where can we park?

There will be free parking in a grassy area across from the fairgrounds.  The parking area is close to the children’s playground area for some added fun! For those in need of handicap accessibility, there will be a drop-off area within the fairgrounds before parking.

Why is there a walk at 10 a.m.?

This is our 14th year to host a Walk for Down syndrome.  It is a time for family, friends and community to celebrate people with Down syndrome. DSACK families work hard throughout the year to raise money for their walk team, with all funds raised going toward the services and programs DSACK offers free throughout the year.

What if I am unable to join the walk at 10 a.m.?

 For those unable to walk the 1-mile route, you are welcome to remain at the fairgrounds and rejoin your party afterward. If you’re unable to join us at 10 but still want to come to our Family Fun Day, that works, too.  Join us any time before 1 p.m.

Where do we go after we finish the walk route?

Hang out with us and enjoy the many family-friendly activities, food trucks, music, face-painting and more until 1 p.m.

Do I have to be part of a team to enjoy the fun?

You do not.  We have a lot of fun and friendly competitions for those who form a team.  However, we want everyone to join us for our day of fun.  You can register for the general event and share in our day of family fun at your convenience.

What is the registration fee and what does it include?

There is a registration fee of $18/person, which includes a t-shirt, popcorn, carnival games, inflatables, face-painting and kids’ activities.  There will be some things not included in the registration fee, such as food truck purchases and purchases from a few other vendors.

Where can I get a sign for my team?

Some teams choose to have a walk sign professionally made. Other teams make their own signs out of poster board or foam board. Signs can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose. If you need the DSACK logo, just email us at dsack.org@gmail.com.

Is a sign for my team required?

It is totally up to each team. We enjoy seeing the creativity of our teams along the walk; however, it is not required. We do have a contest for “Best Sign,” and the winning team will lead off our 2019 Walk for Down syndrome.

Can our team sit together?

Because our venue is completely outside this year, the only seating will be in the tailgating area.  Watch for team contests to win the best spots closest to activities and vendors.  For those who do not win the best spots, plan to arrive early to claim your team area.  Gates open at 9 a.m.  There will not be a pre-walk stage show this year.

Will there be enough t-shirts?

We make every effort to have enough t-shirts of every size. However, to be sure you get a t-shirt, please have your team members registered by Aug. 24. If a walker is not registered by this date, we will not be able to guarantee a t-shirt on the day of the walk; however, we will do our best to have extra shirts available. We order a lot of extra shirts every year, but we always run out. After Aug. 24 it is first-come, first-served for shirts received at the walk. No exceptions will be made.

Can I pick up my team’s shirts in advance?

We do have t-shirt pickup dates so that team captains can pick up the shirts in advance. The date for this will be announced. Pick up location will be at the DSACK office, 1050 Chinoe Rd., Suite 204, Lexington, KY, 40502.

What if our team has designed their own t-shirt?

Great! Many teams choose to do this. Registration fee of $18 includes a walk t-shirt, so each member of your team will still receive a walk shirt; however, your team members can choose to decline a walk t-shirt to help offset walk expenses. (Just choose “no shirt needed” when registering.) We love creativity, so have fun with it!

Do I have to join a team?

That is up to each individual. We have many folks come to support DSACK on their own. We all walk together, so if you choose not to join a team or form a team, that is just fine.

Are there team contests for most money raised, most walkers, etc.?

This year we once again have an exciting team level – Grand Champion ($10,000). Grand Champions will win travel for three to the 2019 National Down Syndrome Society Walk on Capitol Hill. Other team levels include different perks as well. We are very excited to offer a drawing for your child’s picture on a billboard for teams raising $5,000 or more. We will also offer a billboard for teams raising the most money and registering the most walkers. We are working on some new contests for this year, so be sure to check our Facebook page and read your emails! Team levels and prizes are also listed on the walk website homepage.

What if I can’t attend but want to join a team or donate?

You will be missed! However, you can still join a team and get a t-shirt, even if you are unable to attend. Of course, donations are always welcome, too. You can even have a team of “virtual walkers.”

How can I volunteer?

It takes many volunteers to make our walk fun and safe. If you or your group are interested in volunteering, email DSACK at dsack.org@gmail.com. We usually ask volunteers to be there by 8-8:30 a.m. and wrap it all up by noon. Volunteers do anything from assisting in activity areas, lining the route and cheering on the walkers, set-up, clean-up, etc. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.

What are some ideas to help my team raise money for DSACK?

  • Ask your employer, local businesses, doctor’s office, etc. to sponsor your team. There are several different levels of sponsorship, and a sponsorship form can be found on our website homepage. Be sure to let us know if you have a gold, silver or bronze sponsor so we can make sure they get the benefits of their sponsorship package. You can email us at dsack.org@gmail.com to let us know. Even if a company chooses not to sponsor at the levels listed on our brochure, they may still be able to donate a smaller amount for your team.
  • Ask your employer or school if you can have a dress-down day or jeans day. Everyone who wants to participate can pay $1 (or whatever you determine).
  • Ask your school or employer to do a change drive. Employees or students bring in their loose change of any amount. Ask if you can have a visible spot at the entrance as people arrive for them to drop their change. Of course, cash is always accepted. Be prepared to make a trip to a bank that has a change counter. One elementary school raised over $1,300 dollars doing this!
  • Have a bake sale or, better yet, offer your homemade specialty via social media and offer to deliver to those who purchase. With fall season upon us, there are lots of yummy ways to make this work!
  • Ask your employer to match any funds raised by their employees for your team.
  • Put your personal story on social media. List your child’s accomplishments. How has your family grown through this experience? How have you grown? What are some challenges ahead? How has DSACK supported you in the past? Mention what the funds will be used for as DSACK finds new ways to celebrate, educate and support our families. This is also a great way to educate others about the amazing potential and advancements of people with Down syndrome.
  • Announce our walk and your team on social media with a link to register and/or donate.
  • Ask employers to allow extra time for lunch or bring in lunch for those who join your team.
  • Have a contest at your school to raise money. The class that raises the most money will get a pizza party or whatever you decide to give.

Have fun with this! You will find that most people want to give but just need to be asked.

How are funds raised from the event used by DSACK?

As far as we can tell, DSACK is the only Down syndrome affiliate that does not charge our families for programs or activities. Our board believes strongly that financial circumstances should never prohibit a family from participating in life-changing programs and events offered by DSACK. Our annual walk allows our families to give back to DSACK by raising money to continue to offer all of our services and programs free of charge. One hundred percent of all money raised at our walk is used to continue programs such as The Learning Program, We Work! job skills classes, art classes, bike camps, new parent packets, new parent dinner, medical outreach, monthly Coffee Chats and much more. Walk funds are also used to host our social events such as the holiday party, pumpkin patch outing, family retreat day and World Down Syndrome Day celebration.

How can I learn more about the Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky?

In addition to perusing our website, you can also contact us at 859-494-7809, dsack.org@gmail.com and find us on Facebook and Twitter.