Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The 6th annual 2012 Kids Fest sponsored by the Sheriff Department was held recenty at East Bay Park.
The festivities began with a parade in downtown Georgetown that began at 10 a.m. on Broad Street and ended at East Bay Park.
Georgetown County Sheriff Lane Cribb was the Grand Marshall.
The annual festival celebrates the youth in Georgetown County and this year’s theme was “Eliminate Gangs, Drugs, Violence.”
Ron McInnis was the motivational speaker and his message to the children was, “Whatever their goal in life is to get it finished.”
The Georgetown High School drum line and the Browns Ferry Elementary School Marching Band both performed at the event.
Each group was awarded a trophy for their performance.
At noon the Sheriff’s Department served the children hot dogs, chips, and bottled water.
Deputy Kenneth Patterson spoke of the days when the festival started with the Elks Lodge coming together with Parks and Recreation, the YMCA, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Santee Cooper, Walmart, and Piggly Wiggly supporting the event.
“We are proactive against drugs and now bullying is a hot topic,” Patterson said.
Denise Chatman is the chairperson for Kids Fest this year and said she enjoyed working with the kids to provide preventative programs keeping the kids away from drugs and other negative things that could disrupt their success.
Chatman is the founder and director of Optimism mentoring and Preventative Services.
The Environment Services, City Police Department, the Georgetown County School District, Optimism Club, Elks Club, Cultural Council, Blue Prints Leadership Academy, the Family Justice Center, First Step and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club were there supporting the Kids Fest.
The Girls Scouts Troop 90 was there with their leader Thais Thomas.
Gaye Anne Turner, executive director of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, also had a booth set up.
The Boys and Girls Club will open on June 4th at the J.B. Beck Administration Building on Church Street in Georgetown.
There were booths set up for face painting, snow cones, games, and popcorn.
The children enjoyed the jump castle, petting zoo and the pony rides.
But the most exciting adventure for the children was getting a ride on the Georgetown County fire truck.
By Rounette Johnson
For The Times