Friday the 13th is coming, but anyone with a sweet tooth will be in luck that day.

The Grandview Band Parents Association will hold the 69th annual cake walk from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 13 in the Grandview Heights High School gym, 1587 W. Third Ave.

More than 200 cakes will be won at the annual event, which serves as a major fundraiser for the band parents group.

"Every student who's involved in the middle school or high school bands is required to supply a cake for the cake walk," said Cathy Murphy, co-chairwoman of this year's event with Joanne Taylor. "We have around 205 kids participating in band this year, so there will be a lot of cakes to win. We'll keep going until all the cakes are gone."

The cake walk operates like a game of musical chairs. While the middle school or high school band plays, participants march around a ring.

When the music stops, the participants each take a seat. A number is drawn and the person sitting in the chair with the corresponding number wins a cake.

Admission to the event is $1. Cake-walk tickets cost three for $1.

"It's an event with a great atmosphere for a good cause," Murphy said.

"It's become such an ingrained tradition in our community. The first cake walk was held in 1949. I think people enjoy taking part and carrying on the tradition.

"I don't know of many other places that have an event quite like this."

It's the tradition of the cake walk that helps make it so special, Taylor said.

"Each year, the event is basically the same: There's the cake rings and the chance to win cakes and listen to the middle school and high school bands play," she said. "I think that people like that it's the same event each year. Generations have grown up with it.

"It's just an inexpensive way to come out, see your neighbors and have some fun," Taylor said.

Along with the cake walk itself, the event will include a silent auction of cakes donated by local restaurants and bakeries, Twelve dozen mini-Bundt cakes donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes likely will be used for the cupcake circle, a version of the cake walk held for toddlers and preschoolers.

"We added the cupcake circle last year to give the little kids something they could participate in that was their own size," Murphy said. "They loved it."

A children's area will offer face painting, a soccer-goal kick and a candy-art project.

Children and adults can participate in a cake-decorating contest.

The children's categories are best Bobcat spirit, best use of frosting and most creative. Adult categories swap out most creative for best cake walk theme.

"I got to be one of the judges last year, and I was so impressed at how very, very creative both the kids and the adults were in their cake decorations," Murphy said.

The band parents association uses the proceeds from the cake walk to help cover the costs of instrument repairs, band camp, mending uniforms and transportation of students to games.

"We're always so grateful for the great support we get from the community for the cake walk," Murphy said. "It's a fun night out for families and a great way to support our band program."

"I think some of the reason why the cake walk is so successful is that Grandview is such a small community and our band program runs from grades 5-12 and most families have at least one child in band," Taylor said. "And even if they don't have a child in band, they love coming to the football or basketball games and hearing the band."

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