The Grandview Band Parents Association's annual cake walk turns 65 this year, but the event is becoming more -- not less -- active.
The event will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in the Grandview Heights High School gym, 1587 W. Third Ave.
"We have a couple new things we're doing this year to help promote the cake walk," said association vice president Melanie Luckenbach.
"One of them is a partnership with the Grandview Chamber for a Text to Vote event," Luckenbach said. "Area businesses are creating cake displays using materials they use or sell. For example, a clothing store may use clothes and jackets to create a 'cake,' and I know the Sax Fifth Avenue car wash is doing something -- I can't imagine what they're doing, but it should be interesting to see."
Visitors to the businesses will vote on their favorite display, and the top vote getter will win the new Community Take the Cake Award trophy, Luckenbach said.
"It's a way to help promote the cake walk and to generate foot traffic to the businesses," she said.
During the week leading up to the cake walk, area restaurants created specialty cakes and/or desserts to honor and promote the event, Luckenbach said.
Admission to the cake walk is $1. Tickets to participate in a cake ring are 25 cents.
Participants in the cake walk make their way around a cake ring while the middle school or high school band plays. When the music stops, participants find a chair to sit in. A number is drawn, and the person sitting in the chair with the corresponding number wins a cake. The cakes are donated by parents of instrumental band students.
The event also will include a cake decorating contest with youth (age 18 and under) and adult divisions. Categories include best use of frosting, Bobcat spirit, best aligned to cake walk theme, best use of cartoon theme, most creative and a people's choice award.
First-, second- and third-place winners will be selected for each category by a three-judge panel and will receive gift cards.
"We'll also have a full line of concessions, kids' games and people will have the chance to purchase the opportunity to conduct the band," Luckenbach said. "There will be a lot going on."
The cake walk serves as one of the major fundraisers for the parents association, which supports the band program by helping reduce the cost of band camp for students in addition to paying for instrument and uniform repairs and purchases.
"For a small district, we have an amazing number of students who participate in our band program," Luckenbach said. "We have a new band director this year, Justin Hennig, who participated in the OSU band and he's brought a lot of great ideas to the bands."