Fall Family Fun Day & Walk 2018
Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Masterson Station Park Fairgrounds
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hang out with us and enjoy the many family-friendly activities, food trucks, music, face-painting and more until 1 p.m.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.”
It takes many volunteers to make our walk fun and safe. If you or your group are interested in volunteering, email DSACK at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Have fun with this! You will find that most people want to give but just need to be asked.
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.
In addition to perusing our website, you can also contact us at 859-494-7809, email@example.com and find us on Facebook and Twitter.