KidFest attracts a crowd to McGee Park

Hannah Grover
Raymond Davis swings his sword while playing a video game Saturday during KidFest at McGee Park.

SAN JUAN COUNTY — Pirates and princesses took over McGee Park today during the annual KidFest celebration.

Thousands of people attend the event each year to visit vendors' booths, play games and participate in activities. The festival began 11 years ago and has grown in popularity.

Volunteer Jo Duckwitz, center, helps children find a free bike helmet Saturday at KidFest at McGee Park.

"It's turned into such a tradition of kicking off the summer for these kids," organizer Shawntay Wolfe said.

During the festival, children vote to choose the following year's theme. This year's theme was pirates and princesses, which Wolfe said was a very successful theme.

"The little girls came in and went straight for the princesses," she said.

Familes enjoy a day out Saturday during KidFest at McGee Park.

One popular event at KidFest was the Princess Singalong. Children were given the opportunity to get on stage and sing Disney songs with people dressed up as Disney princesses.

"We just figured that the kids would love to get up on stage and sing along," Wolfe said.

Many of the children attending the event came in a costume based on the theme. Raymond Davis, 10, and his sister, Lillian Davis, 12, both dressed up as pirates. Their family has attended KidFest for several years.

"It's very fun and educating," Raymond said as he played a video game.

Hayden Mansker, left, and Hayleigh Mansker play with characters Olaf and Elsa from the movie "Frozen" Saturday during KidFest at McGee Park.

Their mother, Shannon Teseny, said KidFest is a way to get her children out of the house.

"They have fun," she said. "There's lots for them to do. There's always something different."

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.