The 44th fun-filled “Great Day in Elk” will be held on Saturday, August 25, from noon until 7 p.m. The parade starts at noon on Highway 1, with floats, tykes on bikes, Smokey the Bear and lots more. The carnival follows, with game booths and prizes and do-it-yourself craft projects for children. There's a $100 grease pole, a watermelon-eating contest, sack races, crafts fair, silent auction and a raffle. Daytime food includes tamales, Caesar salad with and without chicken, fresh baked focaccia bread, Moroccan lentil soup, old-fashioned hot dogs and lots of homemade goodies. There will be fresh-pressed Greenwood Ridge apple cider and Elk's famous margaritas, along with soft drinks and beer. Afternoon entertainment features live music with Gwyneth Moreland, Tommy Brown and The Bald Egos, belly dancing by “The Trillium Tribe” and the fabulous cake auction. This year's dinner will be an outdoor barbecue from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. featuring grilled tri-tip with roasted potatoes, green salad and bread or chile-cheese enchiladas with corn tortillas, black beans and salsa. So, come to the “Great Day” in the coastal village of Elk, located 5 miles south of Highway 128 on Highway 1, and enjoy a fun-filled family day while supporting the Greenwood Community Center. For more information call 877-3291 or go to www.elkweb.org. No dogs, please.