Special to the Reflector-Chronicle
Lawn games, outdoor crafts, food booths, bouncy castles and entertainers will fill downtown Abilene for the Midsummer Night’s Dream Children’s Festival Thursday.
The Abilene Public Library plans to offer Shakespearian era lawn games on the library’s front lawn from 3 to 5 p.m. Children’s activities begin at 4 p.m. throughout downtown Abilene.
Businesses will offer a variety of activities, including Fairy Factory, snow cones, cotton candy, face painting, glitter tattoos, animal balloons and hats, bean bag toss, wishing well, musical chairs, hopscotch, fun crafts, fishing games, cookies and punch. Amanda’s Bakery and the Lifehouse Church Blu&Grn Youth Group will have food booths. That Snow Place plans to park its snow cone truck in the 400 block of Third Street. The Arts Council of Dickinson County will have sidewalk art from 5-7 p.m. at the Arts Council offices on Cedar Street.
Two Bouncy Castles, provided by Bounc-A-Roos will be set up between Cedar Street and Mulberry Street, and 3rd street will be blocked off from Mulberry Street to Buckeye Avenue.
The Kansas National Guard is providing a jousting pit and football toss along 3rd Street. The miniature train will run along 3rd Street, from Buckeye Avenue to Broadway Street.
Randy Sauer, entertainer and children’s songwriter, will entertain festival attendees. Sauer, from Hays, Kan., performs under the stage name of Randy’s Music Jam. Sauer performs throughout Kansas and a several-state region. His act is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in Little Ike Park.
Children who attend the festival in costume will be invited to parade across a stage as Cory Keller, master of ceremonies, introduces each princess, elf or ogre. Every child who participates in the parade will receive a gift. Cory Keller Photography will take photos of each costumed child. To register for the costume parade, visit the Abilene Downtown Association table on the night of the event.
Most stores will be open until 7 p.m. on Thursday.
The finale of the evening is a performance by the Abilene Municipal Band, beginning at 8 p.m. in the air conditioned Civic Center. All activities are free to the public.
The sixth annual festival will take place from 4-8 p.m. in the downtown area and Little Ike Park. The Abilene Downtown Association sponsors the event.