EAST LIVERPOOL - Pint-sized pixies and plundering pirates will take over Thompson Park on a summer day next year after the park board approved a request Wednesday by the East Liverpool-Calcutta Garden Club to hold a Garden Fairy Festival.
The board heard a presentation from club member Lisa Chronister, who outlined plans for the children's event that include a costume contest and parade, a ballet, music, face painting, fairy manicures, games, crafts and other activities.
Some of the whimsical activities being planned include a gold coin hunt, a wish bush on which children can write their wishes (to be read by club members), mushroom ring toss, a treasure chest and more.
There will be appearances by Mossman, The Woodsman and Fairy Queen as well a story telling by Mother Nature and a swashbuckling pirate.
A beekeeper and wood carver are also expected to offer demonstrations.
Aimed at children between 2 and 12, the event will serve as not only another chance to use the park and offer an educational and fun event for children, but a fund raiser for the garden club, which landscapes and maintains numerous public sites in the area.
Proceeds will be realized from fairy gardens for view and sale, food and drinks as well as a minimal admission charge, and Chronister said a similar event in Florida has been a "huge success."
Board members approved use of the park for the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 31, which member Wink Smith said would be "a good kickoff for the Labor Day weekend."
In other matters, the board discussed progress on the soccer field project, with Smith saying fencing at the end of the pool needs to be moved about 10 to 12 yards and then replaced, making way for expansion of the field.
Members and Superintendent Robb Kenny inspected the site at the meeting's conclusion.
Although final figures weren't available, the board indicated the recent Oktoberfest sponsored by the Calcutta and East Liverpool Rotary appeared to be a success, with member Betsy Wells who lives across the street from the park saying cars were parked everywhere, calling the attendance, "incredible."
President Burl Warrick said, "Hopefully, it will grow to two days next year."
The board gave approval for Kenny to have repairs made to the truck used for winter plowing and tires put on park vehicles for winter use.
Kenny reported a large oak tree will be planted later this week in memory of the late Jerry Barcus, former city fire chief.
Member Samantha Kinemond reported she is compiling a list of businesses to whom letters will be sent, soliciting donations for playground equipment, estimated to cost about $150,000.
The board's next meeting will be at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 in council chambers at City Hall.