KidsFest to entertain area youth Saturday

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Free family event Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Paroquet Springs

By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - It’s one of Bullitt County’s biggest annual events, and maybe the best because it’s for the children.

All ages are invited to join in the fun at KidsFest, presented by the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and Jewish Hospital.

Paroquet Springs Conference Centre will host the event on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Chamber executive director Freida Howe said approximately 4,000 patrons enjoyed the shows, games, booth and activities last year that make up the popular event.

The weather has held up well for recent KidsFest events. With another year of good weather luck Howe said children could enjoy all the scheduled outdoor activities.

“We’ll have our bicycle rodeo again, promoting safety, and an obstacle course sponsored by the Bullitt County YMCA,” Howe said.

Fire trucks, police cruisers and EMS ambulances will be featured. Children may view the vehicles and meet some of Bullitt County’s finest.

The Kentucky Historical Society will feature its Historymobile, a portable Kentucky museum.

One of the new featured activities comes courtesy of Splash Water Ball, a company that offers a large plastic ball that floats on water with people inside. Howe said the balls would be available for purchase and children can test them out for a nominal fee.

Kids who want to guarantee dryer socks will be able to enjoy the free bouncies courtesy of AstroJump.

On the inside families can take a break from the festivities while relaxing in a reading room presented by Bullitt County Public Libraries.

Howe said both Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts would be represented this year.

Animals will be in attendance at KidsFest, with booths hosted by Bullitt County Animal Shelter and Hope for Pets. Howe said some of the animals may be available for adoption.

The biggest dog of them all will attend this year’s KidsFest: Bullitt County’s favorite celebrity, Woody the Kentucky Weiner, will pay a visit to his hometown.

Woody has been featured in seven children’s books and in a number of Kentucky newspaper series including The Pioneer News.

Howe said Woody and his sister, Chloe, would make themselves available for photos with guests. Their mother, author Leigh Anne Florence, will sign autographs along with the Dachshunds. Woody’s books will be available for purchase.

Many of the traditional booths will greet guests, including area businesses, churches and organizations. One of the new booths will be hosted by Louisville Mega Caverns.

KidsFest always highlights a feature list of performers. An annual favorite, Mr. Magic, will be up to his old tricks yet again.

Other performers scheduled this year include the St. Aloysius Catholic School choir, as well as Lee’s Tae Kwon Do and Hester’s Family Fitness Little Dragons Karate.

KidsFest is a fun, safe event designed for children ages 12 and under, but Howe said children of all ages were invited to join in on the fun.

“It’s just a great family-oriented event,” said Howe. “It’s always geared for the kids.”

For more information on KidsFest contact the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce, 543-6727.