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‘Rootin-tootin’ time ahead at Kids’ Festival

Fair favorite Karen Quest headlines entertainment at the Children’s Festival, May 3.   - Contributed photo / Island Rec
Fair favorite Karen Quest headlines entertainment at the Children’s Festival, May 3.
— image credit: Contributed photo / Island Rec

The 24th annual Children’s Festival, the largest children’s event in San Juan County (and it’s free!), brings a “Wild Wild West” extravaganza to the San Juan County main fair building Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Poster contest winnerA year ago, as many as 1,200 children and adults flocked to the fairgrounds to enjoy the annual event.

Headlining this year’s festivities is Karen Quest, trick roper extraordinaire, named the women’s big loop champion at the Wild West Arts International Convention. Her fun-filled western comedy act comes complete with trick roping, whip cracking, music and many surprises.

Kids will also have an opportunity to join Bill Ament to learn line dancing, build and decorate a western-themed cardboard town with the Boy Scouts, practice roping skills with Paideia School, and pet friendly critters with 4-H.

With dozens of community organizations providing hands-on activities, the Children’s Festival promises to be the most rootin-est, tootin-est time this side of the Mississippi.

Join Island Rec’s 45 volunteers and 41 activity providers, Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fair Building. For more info, 378-4953, or,


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