This Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is KidsFest 2016: A Space Art Odyssey, the annual free children’s art festival at Foothills Arts Council, located 129 Church St., Elkin.
The event was created by Erik Dahlager in 2006 and has continued to grow each year.
“The main objective has always been to throw a party celebrating being a kid,” Dahlager said.
The entire yard will be filled with fun things to do such as painting an alien portrait, making a star medallion, creating an origami galactic fighter and building a rocket. Plus there will be a bouncy house and water slide, live music and free food for the kids.
“Like all good space-themed parties, we’re going to have a steel drum band,” Dahlager joked. Pandemic, the steel drum band from Hickory, comprised of mainly youth performers, has been a KidsFest favorite for years.
The event is always free, including free food for the children, and that is a very important part of the event for the arts council as they want to ensure the event is open to anyone interested in attending. Local businesses help to sponsor the event in order to keep it a free celebration for area kids.
“We are always grateful to our big sponsors, the Yadkin Valley United Fund and Rhythm On Main Dance and Gymnastics, for supporting this fun event,” said Foothills Arts Council Director Leighanne Martin Wright. Other sponsors include Bridge Street Pharmacy, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, Duke Energy and AllStar Rentals.
This year’s volunteers include teens from the Elkin High School Interact Club.
“This is one of our biggest events of the year,” Wright said, “and the help we get from the Interact Club is priceless! It’s great to see people visit that may have not been here before, or never knew what goes on in and around our beautiful yellow house. And it all harkens back to our mission of making art something for everyone.”
“The event is free and no registration is required — just come any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a great time that’s bound to be out of this world,” she added.
The Foothills Arts Council’s annual membership drive is now underway. Visit www.foothillsartscouncil.org for more details. The FAC is grateful to the town of Elkin, Surry County, the Winston-Salem Foundation and the NC Arts Council’s Grassroots Art Program for the continued support, Wright said.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.