The same weather woes which caused Main Street Pineville to postpone their annual Kidsfest this year threatened the rescheduled events this past weekend.
The day was dreary as light rain drizzled downtown but despite the unfortunate weather, hundreds came out to participate in the events.
The day started indoors with a showing of “Hocus Pocus” — a classic, kids Halloween movie. Seventy people filled the historic Bell Theater to watch the movie. MSP provided free drinks and popcorn for all those in attendance.
Kidsfest officially kicked off at noon with inflatables for the kids, a pumpkin carving contest and numerous food and craft vendors throughout the square.
Among the vendors was the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia- KY. Volunteers with the CRFA handed out hundreds of books throughout the day. Each child in attendance received a CRFA tote bag, bracelet and sticker and then got to choose three books from their age group. Normally, children would only get to choose one book each, but since the Mason’s Pumpkin Patch was cancelled this year due to the continuous rainy weather, the CRFA decided to donate those books to the MSP event.
The Main Street stage was busy all afternoon, as local talents took turns performing for those in attendance.
Local country music artist Tim Goodin took the Main Street stage at 4 p.m. Goodin was followed by Nate Cornett at 5 p.m. and Robbie, Chris and Chelsea Parks and Frank Farley at 6 p.m.
At 7 p.m., the first ever Zombie Glow 5K took place. The start/finish line was on Kentucky Avenue at the Bell Theater and downtown roads were closed from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., while the event took place. The first time event was deemed a success as 130 participants came out for the race.
The night finished with a showing of the horror film “Saw” at 9 p.m. The movie was the first film to be shown on the classic 35 mm projector in several years. Admission to the one night only showing was $5 and approximately 40 people showed up.
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