Sunday wrapped up the second and final day of this year's WNED-TV’s KidFest. Children had the opportunity to meet famous PBS Kids characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog, Super Why, Arthur and other favorites as well as enter contests and win prizes. The event also featured a giant green screen in the WNED studio where kids could hop into episodes of their favorite PBS Kids shows.
Cate Bearss is the events and volunteer coordinator for WNED/WBFO.
“In addition to different activities we have a variety of stage shows, and then we also have several PBS Kids characters here, taking pictures, giving hugs and waves and making kids smile,” Bearss said.
Also featured were activities and live performances from community sponsors. Andrew Chong is the school director at Master Chong’s World Class Tae Kwan Do, a long-time sponsor of KidFest.
“This is our sixth time involved with KidFest and we had a couple of demonstration teams from our Little Tigers program for four- and five-year-olds.”
Tammy Park first started bringing her children to KidFest about a decade ago. This year, she brought her granddaughter.
“Every venue that we’ve come to—it’s always been consistent, it’s always been well-organized, and it’s just so magical when they get to see the characters that they grow up watching,” Park said.
This year’s event fell less than a week after the launch of a new 24-hour PBS Kids channel.