Another summer is flying by, and once again it’s jam-packed to the max. Last month, my sister married the love of her life in Hot Springs in a wedding ceremony that called for all the attendants to dress up in steampunk fashion.

Oh yeah.

My lucky little girl, being the flower girl, got to transform into a steampunk flower fairy.

So she’s all set, costume-wise, for this Sunday’s Fairy Tale and Super Hero Festival at A Carousel for Missoula, which invites kiddos to dress up and turn out for fun, games and ice cream. The festival will start at 1 p.m. and end at 3 p.m., so all the little fairies won’t have to be too careful about those delicate wings for too long.

And this year, for the first time in the festival’s three-year history, Missoula’s superheroes are specifically being called on to join in.

Here’s an idea of what these fairies and heroes can expect on Sunday, excerpted from the Missoulian today:

Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite fairy yale or super hero character and join us for wand and crown decorating, storytelling, a tea party, photo opportunities with a throne and a unicorn, face painting by Wonderbrush, a meet-and-greet with Griz mascot Monte, the opportunity to meet a dragon, introductions on stage, a parade through the Sunday Market, and a dance party, all followed by ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery, tooth fairy bags from Missoula Pediatric Dentistry, balloons and coupons for free carousel rides.

Here’s the thing: While day-of registration begins at noon, it’s a good idea to register early. To do that, or for more info, visit or call 549-8382.