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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 25, 2014

Kidzfest turnout high

By Xiomara Levsen | May 28, 2013
The Central Park bandstand provided a venue for many area performers as well as the annual giveaway during Kidzfest 2013, held Friday afternoon and evening.

The square came alive with kids going to and from the 40 booths at Kidzfest on Friday, May 24.
Washington County Hospital marketing coordinator Ashley Hartzler was pleased with the turnout.
“We had a larger turnout than expected,” Hartzler said. “There were over 700 kids that attended.”
Hartzler attributes the turnout to the weather.
“We’ve been rained out the last two years,” she said. “This year the weather was great. It wasn’t too hot and the sun was out.”
There has been some feedback given already from surveys people filled out at this year’s Kidzfest.
“The grocery bags were a big hit,” Hartzler said. “We also had two bouncy houses and the lines weren’t as long for them.”
Planning has already begun for next year and a few changes will be made, including the date, Hartzler said.
“A lot of families are gone over Memorial Day weekend,” she said. “We’re thinking of moving Kidzfest up earlier in May so this way we don’t compete with family vacations.”
Another change she would like to see happen is more entertainment at the bandstand.
“We didn’t get as much entertainment this year as we like,” Hartzler said. “Studio E danced on the grandstand this year, but next year we’ll look into having more entertainment.”
Debbie Stanton, who is the library director for the Washington Public Library, attended Kidzfest with her children; Sam, who is 4 years old, and Ray, who is 1 ½ years old, on Friday evening.
“We had a great time,” Stanton said. “The weather was perfect and we did all of the extra things like the pony ride and the tractor pull.”
Stanton hopes Kidzfest will take place again next year. She said the library offered itself as a place to host Kidzfest in case of rain and would do so again next year.
Washington Mayor Sandra Johnson was working at the Washington County Obesity Prevention Task Force booth during Kidzfest.
She was working to promote exercise and the different trail activities Washington County will have the next couple of months.
“Every month there will be a different event held,” she said. “In June we’ll have the ‘Relay for Life’ here at the square. In July Wellman will have their run during their fourth of July events.”
By 5 p.m. Johnson estimated she had already seen around 200 kids.
“Usually the turnout we have for this event is around 400 kids,” she said. “The weather has been great tonight.”

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