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Free fun awaits as Kids’ Fest moves to new home

Local business Chelle Beautiful will offer free face painting at Kids’ Fest. Here, Chelle Beautiful owner Rochelle Waldon paints a child’s face at the Bellingham Farmers Market in 2013.
Local business Chelle Beautiful will offer free face painting at Kids’ Fest. Here, Chelle Beautiful owner Rochelle Waldon paints a child’s face at the Bellingham Farmers Market in 2013. Bellingham Herald file

Kids’ Fest, the popular summer event for elementary school-age children and their families, is moving to the Civic Athletic Complex this year.

“I think this location is a lot better,” said Lance Romo, recreation coordinator for the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department, which is sponsoring the 27th annual event that for years was held at Bloedel Donovan Park.

Activities, games and vendors with a focus on children will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, on the field at Civic Stadium, at Orleans Street and Civic Field Way.

Romo said the new location will offer less traffic congestion and easier parking because those attending the festival won’t have to compete with boaters and swimmers on a summer’s day. The stadium’s restrooms will be available rather than the portable toilets that were used at Bloedel Donovan, he said.

All activities are free and some of the 30-plus vendors offer souvenir trinkets, he said. Games will have simple prizes for children.

Featured this year will be wood turners making free tops that children can decorate, a magician, a singer-storyteller, a bounce house, and the local business Chelle Beautiful, which will offer free face painting.

Bricks and Beyond will showcase robotics, a martial arts studio will offer demonstrations, and there will be a display of Lego creations. The All Comers Track and Field program will demonstrate the long jump and hurdles events.

The Lions Club will be offering snacks for sale and there will be a popsicle booth selling cold treats. They’ll have drinking water on site and have several misters to help people keep cool if it’s sunny.

“It’s always a good time. It’s a Bellingham staple,” Romo said.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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