SHEPHERDSVILLE - In Louisville they’ve got their Kentucky Derby. Indianapolis has its 500. Pasedena its Rose Bowl.
Bullitt County has KidsFest, the annual free event with one of the largest gatherings in the area.
KidsFest 2013 will take place Saturday, March 9, at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre, sponsored by Jewish Hospital and the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber executive director Freida Howe said the event will be as big as ever this year with many popular and traditional favorites returning.
“Our performances include Mr. Magic and Woody, the Kentucky Wiener,” she said. “Mr. Magic puts on a fun show for the younger kids.”
Woody, a Bullitt County resident, is prominently featured in a number of syndicated newspaper stories and a good friend of The Pioneer News. He and his person, story author Leigh Anne Florence, will be passing out paw print autographs.
Woody won’t be alone representing the animal kingdom this year; Bernheim Forest will exhibit a few creatures including Corny, The Corn Snake.
Popular activities can be found indoors and outdoors, including the bouncies presented by AstroJump. Kosair Children’s Hospital sponsors the annual bike rodeo, teaching safety and procedures to bike riders.
“Our local fire, police, and EMS departments are planning to attend,” Howe said, offering kids a chance to meet some local heroes.
As the presenting sponsor, Jewish will feature an entire aisle of activity, including free screenings for blood pressure, grip strength and body fat, among others. Jewish will also present what has become a KidsFest staple over the years,
“The ever-popular finger casting,” Howe said. “Jewish volunteers place plaster casts on children’s fingers.”
Howe said Jewish would also offer bicycle safety helmets for purchase.
The Kentuciana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIDPA) will pass out informational booklets and offer free screenings. Thumbody Identity Program will create free identification cards for the kids.
Kosair Charities will be in attendance, and somewhat easy to spot as they are bringing the clowns and fez hats.
The clowns will hopefully get along with Tommy Tomato and Mr. Frosty, mascots from Wendy’s Restaurant. Also making his annual appearance is the Texas Roadhouse armadillo.
Local businesses and organizations will pass out free items and various information. Community staples include Bullitt County Public Schools, the Bullitt County Health Department and Bullitt County Public Libraries (a full list of booths, at press time, can be found in the KidsFest special section of The Pioneer News).
You’ll find a few civic leaders at KidsFest if you look around. The City of Hillview is hosting a corn hole game.
Free cotton candy will be provided courtesy of Woodman of the World Insurance.
There’s not only the fun memories to be taken away from KidsFest: A few lucky folks will get their hands on door prizes donated by various community organizations and businesses, many participating with the event.
KidsFest 2013 will take place rain or shine on Mar. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Conference Centre. For more information call 543-6727.
Please remember, as always, that children 12 and under must accompany an adult. Remember kids, they need you to show them what a fun time really is.
KidsFest is co-sponsored by Kosair Charities, L&N Federal Credit Union, Norton Healthcare, Park Community Federal Credit Union, Paroquet Springs Conference Centre, Publishers Printing and The Pioneer News.