The Kids Zone!

A successful element of the Festival last year was the multi-generational, fun, family activities. The image of grandparents with sons, daughters and grandchildren playing or dancing together in the open fields while listening to ‘feel good’ music is a lasting memory.

This year more activities will be available for kids with their families and the ‘inner kid’ in all of us. All children under twelve years old are FREE admission (accompanied by an adult). The field has been resurfaced, better levelled making it easier for everyone’s walking – whether on four wheels/or pushing four wheels.

We are happy to have the return of Angela Brown with her beautiful, winged costumes  to be followed by the mandatory parade of gleeful, costumed kids around the grounds.

And new this year … the Festival is welcoming Terry Hand’s Amusement rides: the popular ‘Castle Bouncy Slide’, the ‘Swing Circle Ride’ and a pop-up ‘Bullseye Gallery’, – with prizes of course.

Watch for Stilt-walkers, an art tent for budding young artists, dancers and students from the local ‘Circus Acrobatic Aerialists’ during this August 6-7 weekend. We are finalizing a ‘magic act’ (currently invisible), the antique fire truck (with real firefighters to help kidlets sit aboard) and we have a call out to fill a corralled section with gentle farm animals for petting (supplied by our local farmers).

The new, ARVID STAGE, will be intimate with emphasis on community talent and offer some ‘TBA’ kids’ performers as well as workshops (eg. ‘Fife & Drum Origins’), comedy with spoken word, and interactive with the ‘Salt Spring SoapBox’. Participant speakers will be asked to pre-register and MUST offer a ‘How I Would Fix It’ ending to their one minute rant = two minutes in total.

p.s. Look for unusual ‘Festival Hats & Fascinators’ with garlic enhancements bobbing in the crowd.  You might make your own hat creation and win a special citation from the Garlic Queen.

Lots of food venders will be there and when the ‘hungries hit’ there is something to appeal to everyone in the family.

Plus, check out all the talent on Main stage on the website.