KidsFest a hit yet again

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This article was published on 22, September, 2014

It was like the show had come early for thousands of eager children who flocked to KidsFest at the weekend.

Carnival rides, camel rides, train rides and Ferris wheel rides were on the top of the list for many excited youngsters.

Special workshops and live shows from Dr Seuss, How to Train Your Dragon, Humphrey B. Bear, Mr Peabody and Sherman and African dance were a hit with most people.

Jumping castles, crafts, face-painting, showbags, toys and demonstrations from the Goulburn Valley Woodturners also proved popular.

Many also got the chance to meet Ronald McDonald and friends as they wandered around, while others took advantage of the sports areas for a hit of tennis in the sun.

SPC Ardmona KidsTown co-ordinator Steve Wilson said it had been ‘‘flat out’’ busy yesterday and Saturday.

‘‘We’d be hoping to get close to last year’s attendance, which is one of the biggest years we’ve had,’’ Mr Wilson said.

‘‘Last year’s attendance was a record of 17000 people over the two days.’’

Mr Wilson said this year’s newest addition, the Ferris wheel, had been one of the highlights, along with other carnival rides.

‘‘The Goulburn Valley Woodturners are back by popular demand and all the side shows and main stage events have been very popular,’’ he said.

People travelled from across the state to attend the two-day festival, touted as one of the largest regional children’s events in Victoria.

Mr Wilson said a number of people had also returned for a second day.

He thanked the 130 volunteers who had helped put the event together, which is now in its ninth year.