For the past 60 years, the Grandview Heights Band Parents Association has presented an annual spring event that offers the community a fun way to support the school district's instrumental music program.

For the past 60 years, the Grandview Heights Band Parents Association has presented an annual spring event that offers the community a fun way to support the school district's instrumental music program.

The chance to win a prize is just icing on the cake.

The 61st annual Cake Walk will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the Grandview Heights High School gym. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

The event is one of the main fundraisers for the Band Parents Association, Cake Walk chairperson Angela Jackson said.

Last year's Cake Walk raised about $5,000, she said.

"It's such a long-time tradition in Grandview," Jackson said. "The Cake Walk gives people a chance to come out and see their neighbors after being cooped up all winter."

The Band Parents Association supports the middle school and high school bands.

That role involves everything from helping to pay for uniforms and the maintenance of instruments to supplementing band camp fees, Jackson said.

"We have so many students who participate in the band program," she said. "More than 100 students are in the high school band alone, which is amazing for a school of our size."

The Cake Walk is similar to a game of musical chairs, although in this case everyone gets a chair to sit in.

Chair rings operate while the high school and middle school bands play songs. When the music stops, everyone in the ring finds a chair to sit in. A chair number is drawn and the person sitting in that chair wins a cake.

More than 300 cakes provided by band parents and other community members will be given away during the Cake Walk, Jackson said.

"We get a lot of help from the local grocery stores that have special displays of cakes people can buy for the Cake Walk," she said.

Every band parent is asked to bake or purchase a cake for each of their children who participate in a school band, Jackson said.

Admission to the Cake Walk is 50 cents and game tickets are 25 cents each or five for one dollar.

In addition to the Cake Walk, the evening will include children's games, concessions, a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction for a professionally baked cake from a local baker.

A decorated cake contest will be held with separate competitions for adults and students, Jackson said.

Prizes will be awarded in such categories as most Bobcat spirit, best use of frosting and best Cake Walk theme, she said.

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