Dahlager, the event's co-chair, believes that Kidsfest gives area children the chance to explore arts, music and crafts in a world designed only for them.
“Some festivals have separate sections for kids, but this festival is just for kids,” said Dahlager.
The activities and entertainment at Kidsfest provide children educational and entertaining ways to learn about and become involved in the arts at a young age. Dahlager also said the festival gives the community an opportunity to support and learn about child advocacy efforts in the Yadkin Valley.
Kidsfest, which is sponsored by the Foothills Arts Council, has been a success in downtown Elkin for several years now. This year, themed “Journey Back to Oz,” marks the fifth annual celebration.
Dahlager expects upwards of 300 children to attend this year's event. In addition to arts and crafts activities and live music, Dahlager said there will be slides, obstacle courses and a cooling station with an industrial-size fan to simulate the tornado that swept Dorothy and Toto all the way from Kansas to the Land of Oz.
Nearly 60 volunteers have joined the Foothills Arts Council to help Dahlager prepare for the day's events. Dahlager said that without these community members, Kidsfest would not be possible. Dahlager also thanked local businesses for their support and help towards making the event entirely free to the public.
Dahlager believes that having a free local arts event intended just for children is essential to the community. He emphasizes that a town that promotes the importance of the arts to its youths also promotes good lifestyles for young people.
“We like to expose kids to arts and crafts and have a festival for kids―to celebrate being a kid,” said Dahlager.
Kidsfest 2010 will be held from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, at the Foothills Arts Council, 129 Church St., Elkin.
For more information about Kidsfest, contact Erik Dahlager at 336-928-0938 or Harry Seay at 336-835-4422 or 336-428-6744.