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Kids’s Fest opens Friday

Kids’ Fest officially opens Friday at White Hall City Park.

The festival will kick off at 6 p.m. with a carnival, activities, food vendors, martial arts demonstrations and a free concert featuring several Christian bands, hip-hop and rapper Rocky Thomas, Johnston added. A laser light show begins at 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, entertainment events begin at 11 a.m., with 25 individuals and groups performing until 5 p.m. The day’s free activities will include a petting zoo, featuring miniature ponies, train ride through the park, pictures with “Star Wars” characters from the 501st Legion, jousting competition, arts and crafts projects, face painting and inflatable games. A concert will begin at 3 p.m. featuring “American Idol” finalist Sean Michel.

A Creative Cupcake competition for children age 5-12 begins at 11 a.m., with awards presented at 2:30 p.m.

The Transformation Project, a non-profit organization based in White Hall, sponsors Kids’ Fest. The organization, which offers an afterschool mentoring and tutoring program, a substance abuse program, chemical-free housing, counseling, food pantry and several other community services, started the event in 2003.

Kids’ Fest has drawn an estimated 5,000 in attendance, along with more than 40 vendors, organizations, and churches participating, Johnston said.

This year’s theme is “Strike Back Against Child Abuse,” designed to celebrate children and educate the community on child abuse awareness and prevention.

For more information on The Transformation Project, visit centennialfellowship.com and click on the ministries link.