It was great to be the MC of Kids Fest for the 3rd year in a row and it was a BEAUTIFUL day for it. Kids Fest is such an incredible way to show support for our kids and to raise awareness of kids in abusive situations that need our support. All children need heroes in their lives and children that have been abused need super heroes. That was the theme for this year’s event that included the Adult 5K / Kids 1K ‘Super Hero Races’ and a big Talent a show at Simon Park in Conway, Arkansas. The event was put on by Children’s Advocacy and Alliance (http://HopeAndJustice.org) that includes Central Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center and the CASA 20th Judicial District program. These organizations help abused or neglected children by advocating for them and give these children a voice for better future. This year was sponsored by Hurley Chiropractic of Conway, Arkansas (http://HurleyChiropractic.com), which gave me a great back massage.
Seeing what I believe was hundreds of people at the event was absolutely wonderful. There were so many kids in their favorite super hero costumes that it almost made me think it was Halloween all over again. Kids were running around having fun, laughing, splashing in the water, bouncing in the bouncy house, meeting Conway firefighters, checking out the smoke house, face painting, enjoying food and more… The adults looked like they were having just as much fun as their children… I know I was.
After the 5K and 1K races were over it was time for the races and best costume award and GREAT JOB goes to all of them. Once all of the awards were given out it was time to witness some of the incredible talent of Arkansas Kids. There was music, dance, singing, baton twirlers, and more… The talent on the stage was outstanding and you could really tell that the teachers take pride in their kids, which is what we all should do.
Here is a list of those involved in the talent show:
· Paul Hughes – Conway Symphony (http://ConwaySymphony.org)
· Central Arkansas Baton Twirlers (http://ArkansasBatonTwirling.com)
· IDA Burns Elementary Choir (http://ibes.ConwaySchools.org)
· Sonshine Academy (http://SonshineAcademy.com)
· Jim Stone Elementary Choir (http://ConwaySchools.org/schools/js)
· Take The Lead Academy (http://TakeTheLeadAcademy.com)
The show ended with so many happy faces and happy kiddos. What a perfect way to spend a Saturday. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Oh yeah, I did keep smiling to keep from getting hit by candy… HAHAHA!!!
Thanks to all of the organizations that came out to support the event and the children. A special thanks to the Conway Farmers Market (http://ConwayFarmersMarket.org) for the tents, City of Conway for the use of Simon Park, The Middle of Nowhere Productions (http://MiddleOfNowhereProductions.com) for Sounds and Lights, all of the Volunteers including Sigma Sigma Sigma, and The UCA OT and PT Students (http://UCA.edu). There was a LOT of love from a LOT of people that make these event very special.
AWESOME DAY and It was an honor to be part of it.
Find out how you can help the children right here in Arkansas that so desperately need it by going to this website – http://HopeAndJustice.org
Until next time… always look for ways to make someone smile and I’ll see you all at the next event.