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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 31, 2014

Record Kidzfest crowd

By David Hotle | May 12, 2014
The Washington High School Show Choir was among the acts that performed on the bandshell in Central Park during Kidzfest Friday afternoon. In keeping with the down on the farm theme, hay bales were set up in front of the stage for people to sit on to watch the performances.

Washington County Hospital and Clinics health promotions coordinator April Cuddeback credits the 70-degree temperature, the sunshine and a new weekend for the success of Kidzfest Friday.
Hundreds of people turned out to the event. While Cuddeback said that she doesn’t have a count of how many people were present, she said that the hospital gave away over 850 hospital tote bags, a record number. The hospital staff who were giving out the totes had started with 800 bags and had run out, so more had to be quickly made. She estimates over 850 kids, plus their families attended the event. She said that the number of bingo cards turned in has not been counted yet.
“Kidzfest was a wonderful success,” she said. “It was a wonderful night weather-wise; there was a record turnout and no hitches.”
Kidzfest is the annual health fair for the youth of the county that the hospital has put on for many years. It was held Friday evening in Central Park.
Cuddeback said that the pedal pull had gone over particularly well. She also said that she was pleased with the number of people who took time out to have a seat and watch the entertainment on the bandshell.
This year, Kidzfest was moved forward on the calendar a couple of weeks, Cuddeback said. In the past, the event had been held at the beginning of Memorial Day weekend and was the same weekend as Memorial Day events and often the Washington High School graduation. Responding to feedback that in many cases people travel during that weekend and wouldn’t be around for the event, the Kidzfest Committee decided to change the date this year. Cuddeback believes the change helped the turnout.
“I think we may look at keeping it this early in May,” she said.
She said that several prizes remain in the hospital’s office and she is going to begin to call the prize winners this week to have people pick up their prizes. She said that anyone winning a prize can call her at 863-3921 to arrange to pick up the prize.
In the vendor contest, Federation Bank won first with the live animal petting zoo. Washington State Bank got second place with its barn. Faith Christian Outreach Center got third place with farm decorations.
The Kidzfest Committee has been working on the event since February. Cuddeback said there has been no discussion about any changes that may be made for next year’s event.

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