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Children’s Festival: Event features activities, food, area’s largest Easter egg hunt

Eli Johnson, military family member, makes his way over an obstacle with the help of then-Warrant Officer Candidates Joseph Avino (right) and Bill Schelpf (center) during a previous Children’s Festival. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Eli Johnson, military family member, makes his way over an obstacle with the help of then-Warrant Officer Candidates Joseph Avino (right) and Bill Schelpf (center) during a previous Children’s Festival. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: March 10, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 10, 2016) -- More than 16,000 eggs will wait hidden in Fort Rucker’s Festival Fields for children to find during the Children’s Festival March 19.

“This is our 12th annual Children’s Festival,” Kristi Fink, Fort Rucker Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation special events coordinator, said. “It’s a great event dedicated to the military children.”

Admission will be free, but food and merchandise vendors will sell products for attendees during the event. According to Fink, this year’s festival will feature several old favorites with a few new activities.

“We will have a choo choo train, inflatables, a petting zoo, a stilt walker, many crafts and games and the Easter Bunny,” she said. “New this year is kids karaoke. I think the children will really enjoy it.”

The theme for this year’s family-friendly festival is “Calling All Superheroes” and Fink invites military families to be a hero for a day.

“We encourage all the patrons to dress up like their favorite superhero, including the adults,” she said. “There could also be some superheroes that make an appearance at the event.”

The event is a precursor to the Month of the Military Child observed in April and Fink feels it is a great way to jump into the spring season.

“The Children’s Festival is a great way to get the kids out and moving,” she said. “There will be so many activities for them, and they will enjoy all there is to do and see. In this day and age, the kids stay inside and play games on their electronics or watch television. It’s good to get them interested in outdoor activities.”

Fink said events like the Children’s Festival provide an excellent opportunity to relax and have fun.

“Any time there is something to take your mind off of the daily struggles is a good thing,” she said. “DFMWR creates family-friendly, affordable events to add some entertainment to the lives of Soldiers and their families.”

In the event of inclement weather, the event will move into the Fort Rucker School Age Center gymnasium during the same date and time.

For more information, call 255-1749.

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