Warm weather draws crowd to Festival of the Child

By Terry Groover

Staff Writer

Warm weather, light breezes and plenty of sunshine combined to make Saturday a perfect day for Yukon’s annual Festival of the Child.

Hundreds of children of all ages took advantage of the weather to participate in the annual event, which included everything from face-painting to kayaking in the frigid waters of the swimming pool at the Yukon City Park.

The event is held each year to help raise funds for the Parks and Recreation Department’s programs throughout the year.

Whether it was children encasing themselves in a plastic ball to roll around or sliding down the slide in at the end of an obstacle course, or just listening to music from the performance stage, the festival offered something for virtually everyone.

“We were very, very happy,” said Jan Scott, Yukon’s parks and recreation director.

It was the 21st year for the festival of the child, and Scott said it was by far the largest turnout.

She said the weather played a big role in this year’s success.

“We probably had 800 to 1,000 out there,” she said. “They were lined up at 9:30 a.m. They were ready to go from the start because it was so warm so early in the morning.”

Now that this year’s festival is over, the festival committee will begin looking at next year’s festival activities.

“We always have suggestions for next year,” she said.

Among the most popular attractions were paint ball, Knocker Ball, the pony rides and the petting zoo.

The fire department’s new fire house also was a big draw, as was the face-painting booth, which still had people lining up at 4 p.m. as the festivities were coming to a close.

All of the activities were geared to children 12 and under.

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