KidFest saved

A call for help through The NEWS received a good response in Parksville and the popular festival has a tentative date - Aug. 18

A last-minute call for help appears to have saved KidFest.

Board chair Bonnie Wallis said a public appeal March 5 — explaining that the 21st annual event wouldn’t happen this summer without extra help — worked and several people stepped up at the March 18 AGM to fill empty seats on the executive and event-coordinator spots.

“The event has tentatively been scheduled for August 18, 2013,” she said Monday by e-mail.

While they usualy get enough help on the day, Wallis said they always struggle with the longer term work done by a few dedicated volunteers throughout the year coordinate things like food vendors and community booths and this year several long-term organizers stepped down due to things like pregnancies and other commitments.

There aren’t a lot of details confirmed for this summer’s event yet, but it usually includes dozens of vendors and community booths and live entertainment throughout the day with recent entertainers including Gerry Barnum, Rick Scott, Will Stroet, Jake West, Tickles the Clown, Kumbana Marimba and Afro Mumanzi along with activities like face painting, nature lore, games and crafts.

Anyone interested in helping can contact Wallis at BonnieWallis@shaw.ca or through the website at www.kidfest.ca.

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