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As plans for the Montross Fall Festival progress, we are pleased to announce that Sunbelt Realty has again agreed to sponsor Kids Zone. The idea of Kids Zone is to give children 12 years old and under their own reason to attend the festival. Last year was the first for this new attraction, and despite some growing pains, it was clearly a success. This year should be a much greater success.
Kids Zone will have a number of features which should occupy the younger set for a considerable time — parents or guardians must accompany, but they shouldn’t find it to difficult. Some of the features include:
Northern Neck Electric Coop will have an animated safety display along with a bucket truck and equipment to demonstrate how repairs are made. Last year’s display was a big hit; this year should be better.
The Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Department will be there with uniformed officers and fully equipped police cars complete with lights and sirens. We have been assured that kids can sit in the driver’s seat (and maybe operate the lights), but no driving.
The Virginia State Police will also have vehicles, uniformed officers and a K-9 officer who will provide demonstrations of his dog’s training and capabilities. Sorry, no petting, but this should be really interesting.
Westmoreland County Schools will have a nice yellow school bus also with safety information for future and current students. If last year is any indication, the parents will find this as much fun as the kids.
The Montross Volunteer Fire Department will discuss fire safety complete with a fully equipped fire truck. Wouldn’t it be fun to sit in the driver’s seat of that big vehicle? Sorry, kids only!
The Montross Volunteer Rescue Squad will have a fully equipped emergency vehicle along with displays and explanations of their emergency equipment. And for the truly adventuresome, kids (of all ages) can get their blood pressure checked.
BB&T Bank is sponsoring a face painter so kids can display where they’ve been. We think there was some “age cheating” last year. We’ll leave that up to the face painter.
The Virginia Forestry Service is sending their well-known mascot Smokey Bear to stress fire safety and to take pictures with the kids — bring your camera.
Level Green Farms is supplying small pumpkins and gourds so that kids can paint them for Halloween or make bird houses from the gourds. This was so popular that last year we ran out; we’ll try to do better this year.
As a new attraction for the “younger set” (i.e. those 5 and under) Cuddlebugs Child Development Center (preschool) from Warsaw will have a professionally monitored play area with games, coloring, and active toys. A parent must remain available, but at least you can stretch your legs and possibly talk to another adult.
Oh yes, there will also be a moon bounce, a huge success last year, and some carnival-type games where everybody can win a prize.
And last, but not least, The Rappahannock Indian Tribe will be present to put on a fully costumed dance and drumming demonstration focused on letting kids and parents learn a little bit about the history of this area where they live.
The overall idea of Kids Zone, in addition to just plain being fun, it is to help the kids to get to know some of their local service providers and merchants, and to realize that they are their friends and neighbors.
Kids Zone will be located on a portion of the parking lot and the spaces adjacent to the Bank of Lancaster who are also helping by providing tables, chairs, and change spaces for the costumed characters. Same as last year, there will be a small fee charged for some of the attractions (moon bounce, face painter, pumpkin painting, Cuddlebugs, and possibly some games), primarily in order to control traffic. Everything else is free.
Parents, plan on bringing your kids. Kids, plan on bringing your parents. Oh yes, plan on staying a while!