One of the most anticipated events of Dodge City Days, at least according to our Facebook poll, was the McDonald's Kidfest which took place on Sunday afternoon. Thousands of kids and their parents showed up to play games and have fun.
As soon as 1 o'clock came, Wright Park filled with kids excited and ready to do all the activities that were offered. Many kids were seen dragging their parents along behind them excitedly shouting things like; "oh, I haven't done this game yet!" or "Look! Let's go do that now!"
The 2012 Leadership Dodge Class provided many different games for the kids to play, as did many other local businesses, all of which were a hit. Each game a child played, they would get a new school supply, such as a notebook, pencil, glue or flash-cards, as a prize.
Kids waited patiently in line to play horse shoes, plinko, washers, ride the wacky trikes, do a football toss and much more.
At the washer game, each child stepped up to a line painted in the grass, and was handed five large washers. The goal of the game was to toss as many washers as possible into a hole cut into a plywood form. Kids were allowed to move forward or back a little depending on their age. One little girl decided she would get just a little bit closer to giver herself a slight advantage. After watching her older sibling fail to get even one washer in, she took her washers and walked right up on to the board and dropped them in. When she was done she looked back at her older sister with a gloating look as if to say, "what was so hard about that?"
Although there were over 900 school supplies to hand out, along with toys donated from McDonald's, after an hour supplies were running low. By about 2:30 everything was gone, but kids still continued to play for fun.
In addition to all the games that the kids could play, there were many other activities available. Even though the weather was more tolerable, kids couldn't wait to get sprayed by the fire hose. There was a show put on by the West Coast Martial Arts class to exhibit their skills, and Zumba dancing where some of the Dodge City Community College football players joined in showing off their impressive dancing skills, and entertaining the crowed.
When it was finally over, and the kids started to leave, everyone was exhausted but happy. If all the smiling faces and laughs that were heard throughout the afternoon are any indication, Kidfest was definitely a success.
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