Mystical Enchanted Garden Fest Set for Yelm City Park

By Brandon Hansen / For the Nisqually Valley News
Posted 5/17/22

Yelm City Park will soon host a plethora of Disney characters and superheroes as the third annual Mystical Enchanted Garden Fest takes over.

The event is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. …

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Mystical Enchanted Garden Fest Set for Yelm City Park

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Yelm City Park will soon host a plethora of Disney characters and superheroes as the third annual Mystical Enchanted Garden Fest takes over.

The event is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. From noon to 4 p.m., kids will have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Disney characters like Maleficent, Tinkerbell, Peter Pan, Maribel, Snow White, Pocahontas and Captain Hook.

Children will be able to win prizes as they participate in games. There will also be arts and crafts opportunities and vendors at the park.

The event will be hosted by Lady L Promotions and will run in conjunction with the Yelm Farmers Market, which is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Yelm Community Center.

“These events are important to me to help the youth of Yelm, so families can have something to do for free,” Lady L organizer LaDonna Hockaday said. “Yelm is very supportive and so is the city council.”

Hockaday, a 20-year resident of Yelm, has held several events for years at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, but she has recently moved her events to Yelm City Park. She is originally from Arkansas where she used to hold benefits and concerts.

Hockaday works with “Part of Your World Princesses,” a business located in Thurston County that does parties and events so kids can see and interact with their favorite characters.

“The first year we did this it was just so phenomenal and it brought so many families to the fairgrounds so I am hoping that will be the same case here,” Hockaday said.

She added that working with Jon Jamieson of the Yelm Farmers Market has been amazing and noted it’s been great to be able to partner with the organization.

Lady L Promotions has a full slate of events occurring this year that are free to the public and are designed to be a fun time out for the whole family.

On June 11, Lady L Promotions will host Summerfest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Yelm City Park. From noon to 4 p.m., kids will once again be able to see and take pictures with various characters. This time they’ll include Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Captain America and Merida from “Brave.”

“They’ll walk the grounds for four hours where the kids can just see them roaming in the park,” Hockaday said.

The event will also feature games for kids, vendors, food and more.

Hockaday said that she is able to keep the events free for kids by having vendor fees. She also has a group of volunteers that help set up the events. The city of Yelm allows Hockaday to use the park for these events, and she makes a point of trying to make them better each year.

“Everybody loves coming out, seeing all the characters and wondering what’s going to happen next time,” Hockaday said. “Also with the farmers market we have two events going on at the same time.”

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