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Posted: 08/28/13

Kidsfest always provides
morning of fun for kids

by DEBI MARTONE
Observer Special Writer

      Coordinators of the Peach Festival KidsFest are firm believers in the phrase, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
       For more than 35 years, the Romeo Washington Bruce Parks and Recreation Department has successfully hosted KidsFest, a full morning of free, hands-on entertainment for kids of all ages. Therefore, few, if any, changes are made to the schedule of events every year.
       "It always works out really well," said Joyce Oliver, special events coordinator for R-W-B Parks and Rec.
       KidsFest will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Village Park, located behind the northwest corner buildings of Main Street and 32 Mile Road in downtown Romeo. The first event is a Dressed Up Stuffed Animal contest. Kids can bring their favorite plush toy dressed and decorated in the theme of their choice. Ribbons will be given to all participants, with a blue ribbon awarded to the winner.
       A Bike, Trike and Big Wheel Decoration contest and races immediately follows. Kids can decorate their cycle in any way they choose. Judging will take place at approximately 8:40 a.m. with the races beginning at 9 a.m.
       Romeo's favorite clown will entertain at 9:30 a.m. with his "Wake Up with Rosco the Clown" show in the gazebo. Rosco will get the kids laughing and fired up for a morning of relay races. Two relay courses, one of which is designed specifically for younger children ages 5 and under, will offer races such as the Bean Bag, Hippity Hop and Three Legged race. All participants will receive a ribbon and/or a piece of candy.
       Numerous free activities will keep the kids busy during KidsFest, including a petting zoo, Dan Dan the Choo Choo Man, and arts-n-crafts and building projects donated by Home Depot. Stony Creek Church is providing an inflatable obstacle course while other churches and organizations are offering free drinks, snacks and hot dogs for the kids.
       Singers and actors from All The World's A Stage will perform at random times throughout the park and the Macomb Children's Chorus will perform at 11:30 a.m. in the gazebo. Afternoon relays will begin at 12:15 p.m. with a crab race, puzzle race and potato sack race. A water balloon toss will take place followed by a pie eating contest, sponsored by Sheena's Marketplace, which wraps up the event at 1 p.m.
       Meijer has been added as a major sponsor this year, which Oliver said is greatly appreciated.
       "The help of our sponsors, organizations and volunteers really helps enhance the day," she said.


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