Kidzfest approved for May 9 running
With concerns that the annual running of Kidzfest — the Washington County Hospital’s health festival for young people — conflicts with Memorial Day weekend, this year the event will be held May 9.
During the regular Washington City Council meeting Tuesday, the council voted unanimously to allow areas of the Washington square to be blocked off Thursday evening, May 8. Washington County Hospital foundation director Amy Vetter and health promotions coordinator April Cuddeback requested the lanes be blocked off early to aid setting up for the event.
“We don’t start to set up on Thursday night,” Vetter said. “It just helps to ensure we get all those vehicles off. We will start bringing our stuff in first thing Friday morning, and we know that if we leave it until the last minute Friday to start setting up cones that we will have cars. It just gives us a little bit of leeway.”
According to Vetter, the inner lane around the square would be blocked off Thursday evening. At about noon Friday the interior half of the east and south sides and the interior three lanes of the west and north sides of the square would be blocked off.
“The reason for this is to provide a safer environment for the kids,” Cuddeback said. “It will also provide ample space for the fire department, sheriff’s department and police department to do car seat checks, the fire trucks, smoke house and things like that.”
She said the hospital would work with parks director Tim Widmer to set up the barricades.
City administrator Brent Hinson said there was no issue from the city with the request.
Council member Bob Shellmyer asked if the event setup had been changed from last year. Vetter said that last year the Washington Fire Department smoke house had not been included. She said that it had in previous years and this was going back to the same set up that was used then.
Vetter said this year’s KidzFest theme is “Down on the Farm.”