Families Beat The Heat, Rain For 6th Annual ‘Family Fest’

In its sixth year, Family Fest brought more balloons, jump houses and splash zones for area kids.

Nearly 15,000 people made their way to the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds on Saturday. Kids were able to ride trains, play in jump houses and even get spray-on tattoos. Booths set up by area businesses gave away prizes, as well.

Event organizers say that Family Fest’s popularity has grown since it first started in 2009. Great support from local sponsors, as well as affordable ticket prices keeps bringing families back year after year.

“We’ve kept them very low, so that when you come in with your paid admission, which is either 2 dollars for kids, kids 5 and under are free, adults are only 6 bucks, which includes all the activities that are going on here. So there are no surprises. It’s really fabulous,” Family Fest organizer Courtney Vanderpol said.

The heat and the afternoon rain certainly didn’t keep people at home Saturday. Tents provided shade for the little ones taking a break from all of the fun.