Interior Savings Fat Cat Children's Festival a Resounding Success
For Immediate Release (Kelowna, BC): The 23rd edition of the Interior Savings Fat Cat Children`s Festival was a resounding success with thousands of happy families taking part in the activities on both Friday and Saturday.
"We are thrilled with the turn-out overall. Friday was a slower than in previous years certainly but the quality of the experience for families was top-notch," says Dorothee Birker, artistic director for the Festival. "We still had some schools be able to come for a half day and we thank the teachers and schools for making that happen. We also had families come and take part on their own and their feedback phenomenal. Lots of comments that they such a great day for them to explore and enjoy all the activities and entertainment."
In addition to over fifty interactive activity stations, stage and roaming performances, the Festival also featured a Parade and a Grand Marshall that was all of two years old. Young Ellie Eburne was randomly chosen from all of the Kiddie Brigade participants to officially lead the way and proudly did so with her brother Jack and father Brad. Other parade participants included the Arran Campbell Memorial Pipe Band from Vernon, large colourful floats, martial arts performers, young dancers, mascots, fancy cars and even the Jolly Green Giant. One of the highlights of the parade was the five community floats participating that added lots of sparkle, music and of course royalty to the festivities. Chewelah Washington's float took top honors for the Community category, Croc Talk's alligators took a bite out of the competition by winning a plague as well and the Marionette and Puppet-master duo and glass ball juggler from performance troupe Kinshira received an award also.
"We would like to thank all of the sponsors, community participants, performers and facilitators and especially the volunteers and families that came, to make this such a vibrant and successful festival," says Marlene Fenton, Chair of the volunteer board of directors that spearheads the planning and implementation of the annual festival. "We do it for the kids but also for building a better, stronger community and we know we have achieved our goals when we see the happiness and excitement the festival generates. It is now time for us to do a de-brief and then to start focusing on developing the 24th edition of the Festival. We invite other community-minded people to step forward and start planning with us as the Festival keeps growing and we need more people on our organizing committee to be a part of the fun."
For more information on the Festival and how to get involved, check out www.fatcatfestival.ca. We have also posted photos on the site and invite you to add your photos of the event to our Facebook page.
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