Fire trucks, food, games and fun brought what must’ve been every kid in Beaufort out to Cross Creek Shopping Center on Saturday to enjoy a carnival atmosphere at the 22nd Annual KidFest. Celebrated annually in April to spread awareness of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, vendors and volunteers welcomed guests to the free party with a live DJ blasting pop, oldies, and party tunes all day long.
The weather cut this year’s event short, with things winding down around 1pm instead of the scheduled 2pm ending.
There was no time to waste as the morning kicked off with lots of music and dancing; even Scruff MdGruff and the other characters on hand got into the fun. Stepping away from the stage and dance floor, there was a gallivant of fun including: bounce houses, inflatable slides and basketball, hula hoop and jump rope stations, ring tosses, corn hole, fishing booths and face painting.
For some adult-only fun, Little Caesar’s sponsored a pizza eating contest, granting the champ a year of free pizza. Contestants had 6 minutes to eat as many slices as they could handle (and couldn’t upchuck).
Bikers Against Bullies was there in force showing the kids some pretty cool motorcycles; Beaufort County EMS had ambulances on deck, sharing information on water, road, and bike safety and several local fire departments were working as one to share fire safety and give awesome tours of the engines.
“We had a wonderful time today with an estimated 8,000 coming out to have some fun,” said Megan Love, who was there volunteering for the day with MCCS Parris Island. “With the rain, we were sad to end a little early, but the kids all had a great time and that’s what it’s all about,” she added
Aside from all the games there were countless sponsors and organizations on hand providing awesome information on how to keep our local kids safe. Several including CAPA, one of the organizers of the event along with MCCS, and Hopeful Horizons all provided information about child safety programs and there was a huge educational presence from several local educational organizations including the Head Start, The Beaufort County School District Traveling Preschool Bus and the Battery Creek High School SADD Club.
It was a day for children. And, the children sure enjoyed it.
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