A’burg Kids Fest organizers thrilled with “phenomenal” first-year results

 

he Silver Streak Winter Guard perform a demonstration at the A’burg Kids Fest last Saturday.

he Silver Streak Winter Guard perform a demonstration at the A’burg Kids Fest last Saturday.

Participants in the “Amherstburg’s Got Talent” portion of the A’burg Kids Fest, won by Regan White of Anderdon Public School, gather for a photo at the talent show’s conclusion last Saturday afternoon.

Participants in the “Amherstburg’s Got Talent” portion of the A’burg Kids Fest, won by Regan White of Anderdon Public School, gather for a photo at the talent show’s conclusion last Saturday afternoon.

Addison and Grayson Wilson go for a pony ride thanks to Sarah Parks and Luke Tytgat of Sarah Parks Horsemanship.

Addison and Grayson Wilson go for a pony ride thanks to Sarah Parks and Luke Tytgat of Sarah Parks Horsemanship.

By Ron Giofu

 

Organizers of the first-ever A’burg Kids Fest are thrilled with the results from Saturday’s festival.

Held at Bright Child Montessori on Cherrylawn Cr., the event featured games, book signings, food, a vendor area, pony rides, bouncy castles, a 25-person “Amherstburg’s Got Talent” competition and other kid-themed activities. It was presented in partnership with Kerri Brown Vocal Studio, the House of Shalom Youth Centre, the Catz Meow Dance Education Centre, Project Monster Studios and the Mudpuppy Gallery.

“We’re very, very happy. It’s a phenomenal turnout,” said Bright Child Montessori co-owner and event co-organizer John Tregaskiss. “Everyone is having a great time.”

Wife Melissa said they organized the event as a way to give children in Amherstburg more to do.

“I’m very happy with the turnout,” she said.

John said planning started just over three months ago with the help of Rebecca Deline from the House of Shalom, Kerri Brown, Julie Robinson from Project Monster, Catherine Cristofaro of the Catz Meow, and Cheryl MacLellan from the Mudpuppy Gallery,  “and we left every meeting more and more excited. It was awesome to see what can be accomplished when we all work together.”

He said there were 568 people that attended the event, doubling their expectations.

“The foot traffic was great for all of the local vendors and we want to thank everyone who supported them,” he said “The Amherstburg’s Got Talent show was amazing and what a great job by all of the contestants and judges. We have already set the date for June 20 next year and look forward to making many improvements, mainly by preparing for more people.”

There will be at least two more events this year, with the second annual Canadian Tire Amherstburg Golf Classic Aug. 21 , and Pumpkinville, which will be a duplicate of the Kids Fest with a fall theme Oct. 4.

Catherine Cristofaro from the Catz Meow for the “Amherstburg’s Got Talent” show because it gave local talent a place to go and shine.

“It’s an awesome event for the town,” Brown said of the festival.

Giving local talent a place to perform is important to Brown, with the local singing coach saying that is why she jumped on board and got involved with the talent show part of festival. The talent show was judged by Kat Moscone and Dante Scott, who performed on YTV’s “The Next Star” show as well as Melissa Williams. Both Moscone and Scott agreed that it was a worthwhile event for the town and that it was great to have another place where local youth can perform their talents.

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