ROUSES POINT Kids Day has become quite the attraction during the annual Rouses Point July Fourth Celebration.
It is just not clear if that is because of the bike decorating contest, the relay races, the great prizes or the chance to soak Mr. Merchant with a water pistol!
Probably all of the above.
I have already been approached by a little boy saying he bought a squirt gun just to get me on Kids Day, said Steve Merchant.
I don't understand why he would want to get me, he laughed.
Merchant, his wife, Sue (both of whom were not part of last years event) and Jan Letourneau are the key individuals in charge of this years Kids Day slated for June 30.
The event will be kicked off at 10 a.m. with the bike decorating contest with the promise of three money prizes, and maybe something to go with that.
Merchant said the sponsors have been more than generous with helping with the event.
We on the committee cannot thank them enough. Without them there would be no Kids Day.
We will be giving away four bikes (two girls and two boys) passes, ice cream, toys, bowling games, and all sorts of stuff, Merchant added.
Lined up for entertainment are Penelope the Clown and singer-songwriter Roy Hurd.
Sponge Bob is supposed to be coming too!
We have a carnival this year and from 3-6 p.m. there will be a discount on rides for kids only.
From 8 - 11p.m. there will be a teen dance (ages 13-18) at the civic center featuring the United Mess, a band and DJ service.
The band has a unique connection with Rouses Point in that one of the member's (Milo Marnes) parents grew up locally, Letoruneau said.
They (Tom and Gail) remember the block dances that used to be held here and are enthusiastic about bringing some of that goodtime fun back for the next generation, she explained.
Letourneau said there will be a $2 admission charge for the dance, but that and proceeds from refreshment sales will benefit the local Youth Hockey program.
Letourneau said this years Kids Day will be bigger and better than ever before, with activities running from morning until night.
And Ive got a few surprises in store, said Merchant with a rather devilish laugh.