TroyFest Kids Corner largest yet

Published 10:08 pm Thursday, April 22, 2010

TroyFest is a special event for many in the community each year, and whether old or young, its committee members are working to ensure that’s the case once again.

That particularly holds true for the youngest of the art community with the annual Kids Corner, sponsored by The Messenger. And this year it will be its largest yet.

“It’s just a fun environment for kids to help promote creativity, environmental awareness and have fun,” said Melissa Sanders, chair of the TroyFest Kids Corner.

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From making recycled art to puppet show performances to jumping in inflatables, the Kid’s Corner offers enough variety to keep children entertained through the day.

“We’ve got The Messenger’s scrap studio, which is where kids can create artwork and craft projects from recycled material,” Sanders said. “We also have scrap pieces of cloth that are cut in squares, and kids can draw on them with markers. Then the Senior Center will make a quilt out of it.”

There are several other businesses and organizations throughout the city assisting in the Kid’s Corner.

Lowes will have a project center, teaching children how to build different things. First Baptist Church will have a puppet show. And the City of Troy will have a tent in the kid’s area with information and projects to teach children about recycling, while having a little fun.

The inflatables will be sponsored by the Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Sanders said in addition to these, there will be a performance by the Pied Pipers in the Kid’s Corner at 11:15 a.m.

While it takes a lot of people to keep the Kid’s Corner running smoothly, Sanders said fortunately several groups have volunteered for the task.

“Luckily we’ve had groups volunteer instead of trying to get different volunteers,” Sanders said.

Sanders said she encourages children to come out and be a part.

“They’ll learn on their creative side how to build things, learn environmental activities and have fun with everything. It gives a good way to provide arts to the community,” Sanders said.