Children’s events at Valley of Flowers on May 4
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The grounds of the James J. Eagan Center were all abuzz last Saturday with children and adults alike enjoying the 2013 Children’s Celebration of Performing Arts. The family-oriented event hosted a plethora of fun-filled activities, including an authentic Mexican puppet show, multiple performers, bouncy slides, and arts and crafts among other things.
The popular new addition of the Gypsy Rose III Pirate Ship drew big crowds of youngsters. Florissant resident, Kelli Milos, and her son Nikolas spent most of their time playing on the ship. “My son loves the pirate ship! I think the Festival’s better this year; more stuff and still a great variety of vendors. Plus it’s less crowded with better parking because of the rain,” said Milos.
Josh Bare and his two boys also enjoyed waving their swords and pretending to be pirates on Gypsy Rose III. “I’m glad that the city has had the opportunity to see this ship. I’ve seen it before in Grafton-they have kids’ parties on the river,” explained Bare.
Another crowd favorite was the Bubble Bus, owned by Valley Park company, Tekno Bubbles. The bus plays music while machines blow thousands of various sized bubbles into the air. Third year employee, Matt Proscino, never tires of seeing the awe in patron’s faces as they watch the show.
“It’s not just for kids either. Everyone goes crazy for it. Parents are blown away because it’s something people haven’t seen before. I would love to see us expand,” said Proscino. The bus has been in many local parades as well, including the Manchester Day Parade, Green Tree Festival and First Night Parade downtown.
S & S Farm and Petting Zoo added to the entertainment by allowing guests to delight in their many friendly animals. One ticket bought a cup of food to feed to any or all of the animals and the lineup included llamas, pigs, bunnies, sheep, a donkey, a goat, a yak, and even a camel!
Owner Sandy Wiseman was approached by Florissant at the Home and Garden Show and even though this is her 18th season touring, she still enjoys sharing her precious animals with different communities. She and Robert Lefarth of Meadow Crest Farms Pony Rides, teamed up at the festival to offer an all-star experience.
Laura Payer and friends scoured the grounds looking for great deals. “We love the flea markets and it’s fun to see the local foods and music,” said Payer. Even if the children’s festival wasn’t your thing, there was certainly something for everyone.
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