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Success in the park

The ninth edition of Kids’ Fest was a success, said Kay Lynn Johnston, coordinator, despite the lack of cooperation from Mother Nature.

While activities opened Thursday evening with a “sneak peek” at White Hall City Park with carnival rides at half price, Friday evening’s rain put a damper on the entertainment lineup, Johnston said, noting martial arts demonstrations, a free concert featuring several Christian bands, a hip-hop and rap artist and a laser light show were canceled.

“A number of the entertainers that were scheduled to perform Friday showed up Saturday,” Johnston said. “It worked out real well.

“We probably had as many people turn out as we have in the past despite the rain,” she added. “I was very pleased.”

Saturday entertainment events begin at 11 a.m., with some 30 individuals and groups performing until 5 p.m. The day’s free activities included a petting zoo, 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. An afternoon concert featured “American Idol” finalist Sean Michel.

The Transformation Project, a non-profit organization based in White Hall, sponsors Kids’ Fest. The organization provides an after-school mentoring and tutoring program, a substance abuse program, chemical-free housing, counseling, food pantry and several other community services.

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

Click here to view a photo gallery of images from the event.