Walk & Fest - It's Time!
Let's accelerate acceptance! Put your walking shoes on and we will see you at GiGi's Playhouse Fargo's GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge Walk & Fest on October 1st.
Have questions about what to expect? Here are the details!
Arriving at the Event
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Trollwood Performing Arts School
801 50th Ave South
Moorhead, MN 56560
*Please note there will be uneven surfaces and gravel on part of the walk path.
Parking: Free parking is available at/near Trollwood Performing Arts School. Overflow parking is in the grassy area next to the paved parking lots.
Pre-Registered Walker: All walkers please check-in at the Registration tables located on the grass by Marcil Commons.
Onsite Registration: For anyone that has not registered online, please register at the Registration tables located on the grass by Marcil Commons. There is no charge for event attendance the day of, but for insurance purposes we need everyone to register.
Donation Drop-Off: Donations collected can be dropped off at the Donation table, next to Registration tables. Please make sure all donations are clearly marked with the donor’s name, address, email and phone number. If donation(s) are to be applied to a certain team, make sure the team’s name is clearly indicated as well.
Donations Day-of Event: Donations will be accepted the day of the event at the Donation table.
Pre-Order T-Shirt Pickup: T-shirt pickup will be on September 28, 2022 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at GiGi’s Playhouse Fargo: 3224 20th St. S., Fargo, ND 58104. Volunteers will have tables outside and will just need to know the names of the people you are picking shirts up for.
Team Incentive Yard Signs: Your family may take your son or daughter’s yard sign after the Dash for Down syndrome. Yard signs will be available for pick up at the Registration table shortly after everyone completes the Dash for Down syndrome.
Schedule of Events
Rain or shine the event in on! The event will be mainly outside, but inside facilities are also available for use the day of the event. Please make sure you dress accordingly. A map with event location is attached. Please note if it rains the night before or day of the event, the map will be modified. Check out the schedule of events below.
9:00 am Event registration opens, and the fest kicks off
10:00 am Welcome and Program
At this time, everyone will gather by the “Start” line indicated on the map. Please gather your team so everyone is ready to walk by 10:00 am. We will have a short program to kick off an exciting month for participants and families. We will celebrate acceptance, Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and launch into Grand Re-Opening week. As a group we will count down from ten to begin the walk. Everyone will walk at the same time, together.
10:15 am Inspirational Walk Official Start
Everyone will start walking at the same time, immediately following the program. Please make sure all team members are gathered by 10:00 am by the “Start” line where we will all walk together. Together we have committed to a physical and social movement to accelerate acceptance in our community! Route is indicated on the map (adjustments will be made if it rains the day before or of the event). We will end up at the “Finish” line.
At the “Finish” line, children 12 and under and all individuals with Down syndrome enter the Dash for Down syndrome lane. We request all parents and other family members walk and cheer children under 12 years old and all participants with Down syndrome as they Dash for acceptance and at the end will receive a commemorative medal by local sports teams and key club members. Medals will be given only to attendees who attend the walk to ensure everyone in attendance gets a medal.
You are invited to experience additional activities on the Trollwood grounds from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Games Galore
- The Painted Turtle Face Paining in Scheel’s Living Room
- LaDizzy, Kitter the Clown, and Patty Cake entertaining and dancing clowns
- Interactive programming from GiGi’s Playhouse Fargo and other sponsors
- Xtra Apparel with pre-orders for GiGiFIT gear
- T-Squared with pre-orders for GiGi’s Playhouse gear
- Photo stations will be set up inside and outside
Restrooms: Restrooms are available inside the Marcil Pavilion and near the “Finish” line for the walk. Handicap accessible restrooms are available inside Marcil Pavilion. See map for locations.
Pictures: Interactive picture stations will be set up. GiGi’s will have a photographer on the grounds, but no formal pictures will be taken. We encourage you to take your own and tag @gigisplayhousefargo.
Volunteer: To volunteer at the GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge Walk & Fest, sign up via the link provided https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054aa5ad28a5fa7-walk