Prince Rupert 26th Annual Children's Festival
Prince Rupert residents were treated to an afternoon of fun-filled festivities over the weekend at the 26th annual Children’s Festival.
The event is about bringing parents and children together to celebrate some good old fashion fun through various activities.
Vice President of Prince Rupert’s Special Events Society Bev Kilberry says this year’s theme was ‘Growing Together’. The annual event brought the community together with fun-filled activities, such as face painting, a bouncy castle, a nail station, art station, rock-climbing and much more.
“The bouncy castle is very popular,” says Kilberry.
“I really enjoyed the bouncy castle and the cotton candy and the swirly yard,” says Mila Rothwell.
“The bouncy house and cotton candy,” says Symbia Barnaby.
But that’s not the only thing that received attention!
“I came here today because I wanted to get some food and I wanted to play with all of the other stuff here and make some stuff,” says Alice Clifton.
“It’s also popular our food concession stand and popcorn and I think kids just like to go to the imagination table and just try and build something creative, and that’s what we want. We want them to be artistic and learn,” says Kilberry.
Prince Rupert resident Symbia Barnaby says the Fest was a great place to bring her family because it offered something for everyone.
“I wanted to teach them about community spirit and I thought that it was some good, clean fun and it was somewhere that I can bring all the kids that I have because they range in age, so it was a really good place to come,” says Barnaby.
Kilberry said it takes around 5-thousand dollars and roughly 100 volunteers to comfortably pull off a successful event; however they managed to do so with just 50 volunteers this year—pulling in a crowd of 15-hundred people.
“Unfortunately that is the one area that we’ve been falling short of throughout the years. It’s nobody’s fault, it’s just the fact that volunteers get burned out, and volunteers are spread out thinly on other events,” says Kilberry.
Kilberry says each year is very successful and receives a lot of positive feedback and the community may be in for a new treat at next year’s Children’s Festival.
“Well it’s our 26th annual, so I think we’re doing something right because they keep asking us to come back,” says Kilberry.