Apr. 4, 2012
KidFest! Ridgeland,, MS-- opens the gates for kid fun Friday and stretches the appeal across four days and two weekends at Freedom Ridge Park.
Opening weekend offers Easter egg hunts at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The Cowboy Monkey Rodeo is also a first weekend draw.
The festival, which originated as Circus Days, is now in its 10th year and managed to find success even as it battled weather issues in the past.
"I think it's something that people are starting to look forward to," said Chris Chance, Ridgeland director of recreation and parks. "I'm very proud of the event. I don't know of another event where you can go pay $8 at the gate to get in (with an online coupon) at the gate and get to do what you get to do out there." Amusement rides, pony and train rides, shows and activities are all included.
"That's always been our goal, to have affordable family fun."
This year sees some changes, with new attractions Sea Lion Splash, Gator Boys and Mutts Gone Nuts. Organizers will determine if there's a core following of 10,000 to 15,000 of the same folk coming annually, or will changes appeal to new audiences, Chance said. With good weather, the event has drawn up to 17,500.
Festival favorites the Fearless Flores Family - Globe of Death, who last year were finalists on the NBC's America's Got Talent, and Skin & Bones Comedy Circus will be featured on KidFest!'s second weekend.
Gator Boys Alligator Wrestling offers education and action. See baby gators up close, but watch the bigger guys at a distance, when alligator wrestlers show the hands-on, old Florida way. Their 30-by-30-foot travel enclosure has a pool and a perimeter fence
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