Saturday, March 19, 2016, will go down in the history books of Covington, Ohio, as a very busy and event-filled day in our community. I’m not sure who, if anyone, writes this history down, though. Maybe just clip this column, extra-long this week in order to fit in all the news!
First on the March 19 agenda, the Covington Noon Optimist Club, along with the Covington Kiwanis Club, will hold its annual Pancake Day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington High School commons. Tickets are available at the door, and are $7 each for adults. Children under ten may eat for only $4. A ticket is good for one’s fill of delicious pancakes, coffee, and a serving of sausage, applesauce, juice or milk. This year is the 51st annual Pancake Day in Covington, which was originally started by the Kiwanis Club in 1965. Over the last half-century, Covington’s Pancake Day has become a joint venture, primarily run by the Noon Optimist Club.
All proceeds from Pancake Day stay in the Covington community to benefit the youth of the village, and are split between the two service clubs. The Covington Kiwanis Club sponsors the CHS Key Club and other projects in town, such as the library reading program. The Covington Noon Optimist Club, meeting every Wednesday at noon at Buffalo Jack’s, is a “Friend of Youth” to Covington kids. In addition to generous contributions to the Covington Schools Scholarship Fund Program, the Noon Optimists sponsor numerous other youth events. This includes recurring support of the Elementary Safety Patrol, Halloween Contest, High School Honors Banquet, P.L.U.S., and numerous other donations to worthy Covington youth-oriented causes.
Secondly, the annual 5K Run/Walk organized by P.L.U.S. (Parents Learning to Understand Students) will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. All proceeds of this event benefit the long-running Covington 5th and 6th grade Overnighter. Registration for the run begins at 8 a.m., and the registration, as well as the start and finish of the run, takes place at St. John’s Lutheran Church on East Bridge St. in Covington.
The 3.1-mile, or 5-kilometer, paved course runs through residential areas and on a country road. There will be split times and water stops at each mile. The entry fee of $15 includes a t-shirt for pre-registered runners, but they must be received by Thursday, March 10. $20 is the entry fee for race-day registrations, and doesn’t include a t-shirt.
There are some new cash prizes as awards for the top three male and female finishers overall, with $100 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third. There is also a new special awards category for first place Covington Elementary boy and girl, Covington Middle boy and girl, and Covington High boy and girl. Plaques will be given to the overall top three finishers, male and female, and medals awarded to the top three runners in each category. The entry form is available at covingtonplus.org and cantstoprunningco.com. For more info, contact Amy Shaffer at (937) 216-7429 or Dave Larson at (937) 570-0197.
Lastly on March 19, Fields of Grace Worship Center will be hosting the sixth annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. The event will take place this year at the Covington Community Park at 1 p.m. in the rain, shine, or snow. More than 20,000 eggs, 15 baskets, and 10 bicycles will be given away. The egg hunt is free and open to all children up to 11 years in Covington and all its surrounding communities. The kids will be divided into age groups for the hunt, and only one parent will be allowed to help their child. Participants are asked to please bring a basket or bag to collect their eggs. F.O.G. will once again be recycling the plastic eggs after the hunt is over. And for those who wondered, yes, the Easter Bunny will once again be available for pictures! And this year, he will have his own area for better picture availability.
Please park at Finfrock Construction and on Main and surrounding streets. The only entry into the park on the day of the hunt will be off of Main Street. There will be no parking in the park. Transportation will be provided down into the park for those who may need it. For further information, please visit the church’s website, fieldsofgrace.org, visit them on Facebook, or call (937) 573-4282.
In planning your busy March 19, I personally recommend a vigorous 5K run or walk with P.L.U.S. to get your blood pumping. Then head over to the high school to reload on carbs and energy with a delicious brunch of Optimist pancakes and sausage. Afterward, gather all the kids or grandkids and go hunt Easter eggs at the park. Then go home and take a nap.
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