ChesterFest has always prided itself on being a celebration that the whole family can enjoy, and this year, the eighth that the annual event has been held, is no exception. The Kids Zone promises a day of fun and excitement for younger Fest goers.
Once kids get past the greeting table, where a game schedule will be posted and an attendant will be waiting, they’ll be in an area just for them. Among the many attractions being offered at the Zone will be an eighteen-foot inflatable slide, face painting courtesy a roaming face painter, hula hoops, a parachute section, and a craft area to help get the creative juices flowing. “Help cheer wonderful service men and women defending our country by making lovely cards that will be shipped overseas and to Walter Reed Army Medical Center,” says Gena Lashley, Kids Zone organizer. “We’ll have a coloring contest, solely based on creativity, with a winner announced every hour, and a sun-visor-making station, too.”
The Kids Zone will offer a number of old-time games to keep children in a nostalgic mood – tug-of-war, an egg race, a water balloon toss, sack races, and musical chairs. Games are scheduled throughout the day by age range, and winners will be awarded prizes.
Thanks to the new Farm Life section, Lashley says, kids can “step into farm country.” A shelled corn play area, consisting of about three to four plastic pools of various sizes, will be filled with toy tractors, shovels, and buckets to sift and make believe; bales of hay will allow children new climbing opportunities. “Shelled corn is fun for the kids because it’s a new texture for them,” explains Lashley. “They like the texture; they can scoop it up and use it when they’re playing with the trucks and the shovels. It gets the kids able to get into something and have fun, and it’s not as messy as sand, either!”
This year’s Kids Zone will be sponsored by Primrose School at Ironbridge. Primrose owner Georgia Wiley says, “Primrose is extremely excited to be sponsoring the Kids Zone, and it should be a spectacular event.”
Lashley says, “I’m excited about ChesterFest, too. I think everything for us has fallen into place easily. Thanks to Primrose, we have lots of fun stuff for kids to do and make. I think it’s going to go over really well. The kids are going to have a lot of fun, and that’s what’s important.”
Though the age cutoff for the Kids Zone will be nine years old, older children can also have fun at the Fest through the newly-created Tween and Teen Zone, which will feature activities designed specifically for them.
The eighth annual ChesterFest is scheduled for September 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the Village Green. For more information, visit chesterfest.org.