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A parade, a festival, and a Disney concert will celebrate 100 years of Scouting - Everyone's invited, everything is free!
BIG Day to celebrate Girl Scouts at downtown venue on September 22
Get ready for the biggest event in downtown St. Louis this fall. The BIG Day, which will be held on Market Street on September 22, 2012, will feature activities for kids of all ages, a parade and an exciting celebrity concert featuring Disney stars. Best of all, it is completely free! In order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, the entire community is invited to come celebrate so bring your neighbors, friends and family.
“I am thrilled to invite everyone in the community to this free, fun filled day,” said Donna Martin, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. She added, “we know when young people have fun they learn; while they’re having fun at the BIG Day they will be learning about leadership, values and what Girl Scouting offers everyone in eastern Missouri.”
The day will start off with a parade marching down Market Street from 18th to Broadway at 11 am. After the parade, our Family Festival kicks off at 1 pm. The FamFest features activities for the whole family. A Ferris wheel will provide fantastic views of downtown; a foam dance pit will give kids a chance to dance the day away. For the Olympics enthusiasts, Smash Zone Tennis will provide an opportunity to test out your tennis skills. There will be many food options at FamFest as well, as vendors include locally famous food trucks like 2 Girls 4 Wheels and Zia's On The Hill as well as classic St. Louis barbeque from Richard’s Ribs. Activities will include interactive displays from a variety of city venues like the Science Center, the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Gateway Arch, as well as health exhibits from St. Luke's and the Shriners Hospitals. Local sports mascots Fredbird and Louie, of the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues, will be on hand to take photos. There is sure to be an activity for everyone to enjoy.
Our celebration will wrap up at 5:30 pm with a family-friendly concert featuring performances from Allstar Weekend, Ryan Beatty and Katherine Hughes. Hughes is a competitor on Radio Disney's "Next Big Thing." Ryan Beatty, a 16-year-old singing sensation, has grown his fan base through YouTube. He has been featured on Billboard's Next Big Sound chart, which highlights the fastest growing artists online, and recently appeared on Radio Disney in St. Louis to promote his music. Allstar Weekend also got their start on "Next Big Thing" and have since toured with Selena Gomez. They have also made an appearance on the Disney TV show "Sonny with a Chance." All three acts will rock the main stage and close out the BIG day with a BIG bang.
About Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri serves more than 58,000 girls and is supported by more than 18,000 adult volunteers in the City of St. Louis and 28 surrounding Missouri counties of Adair, Audrain (Van-Far School District), Clark, Crawford, Franklin, Iron, Jefferson, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Reynolds, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Francois, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Sullivan, Warren and Washington. The organization works to empower girls to discover a stronger sense of self, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world, and take action to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is committed to building girls of courage, confidence and character. To join, volunteer or donate to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, call 800.727.GIRL (800.727.4475) or visit www.girlscoutsem.org.