Free Kidsfest arts event this Saturday

By Wendy Byerly Wood -

For the 13th year, the Foothills Arts Council is opening its grounds to children in the community for a free day of arts-oriented fun and food Saturday.

This year’s Kidsfest, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will incorporate the theme “Islands of ARTventure,” featuring aquatic animals, pirate and mermaids.

Dan Butner, director of the arts council, said Pandemic, the popular youth steel-drum band, will return as the musical entertainment for Kidsfest, as it has for many years.

“And, of course, no Kidsfest would be complete without a huge water slide, sno-cones, hot dogs and goodies bags for the kids,” Butner said.

Everything for the children is provided free of charge, he said. Food for the parents is available at a cost.

Several new activities will be available this year, including a treasure hunt, kinetic sand play area, build-a-fish workshop, pirate photo booth and a mini-field trip to Diana’s Books and More at 1:30 p.m. for a book reading.

“We would like to thank our sponsors, the town of Elkin, Explore Elkin, G&B Energy and the Yadkin Valley United Fund, for making Kidsfest possible, and the Elkin High School Interact Club for volunteering their time,” Butner said.

The Kidsfest activities can be found at the Foothills Arts Council, 129 Church St., Elkin.

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

By Wendy Byerly Wood