Yesterday I had a really wonderful day. It seems those are too few and far between sometimes. The highlight of my day was going to a local community festival. It was one of the nicest, family freindly festivals I have ever been too. It was on a smaller scale than other events, but everything was spread out so nicely that there was a ton of elbow room.
The festival had an inflatable bounce house, bracelet making, free balloons etc. Some of the activities that really stood out were the number of bubble stations. There were tubs of bubbles in random places and all kinds of different objects to blow bubbles with – plastic dress hangers, strawberry and blueberry baskets. It was one of the most creative things I’ve ever seen (note: I am not a crafty person, my sister inherited all of those genes!). They also had “The Bubble Guy.” He wandered the park with a bucket full of bubbles and would the long wands to make gigantic bubbles of all shapes and sizes. They also had organized games for the children on a soccer field, like waterball toss, relays and more.
The food was incredible too. It wasn’t your typical carnival fare. A number of local churches and other non-profit groups did a ton of cooking. There were all lined up on the outside of the park pavilion and you could just walk in a circle visiting each organization to see what they had to offer. There were perogies, stuffed cabbage, sloppy joes, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, kielbasa and sauerkraut, pizza, chinese food with egg rolls, a mix of barbecue items, and many more things to choose from. The prices were so low too we were able to try a number of different things. Lemonade was only 50 cents!
The best part of the whole festival was Kora riding the Ponies. She didn’t stop smiling the entire time and even was brave enough to go one handed and wave to us. Of course, I don’t have one picture because I was swamped today and thought about grabbing the camera a million times and never did it, therefore it was left home. I’m hoping the adorable memory of Kora’s ear-to-ear smile while riding the ponies will always stick with me.
I can’t speak highly enough about this festival. It seemed like the organizers really put a lot of time and thought into and it gave me such a great feeling to be there.
If any of you Northeast Ohio moms reading this are interested it was the Lakewood Community Festival at Madison Park.