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July 17, 2014

Kids Day is Saturday in Morgantown

FAIRMONT — On Saturday, a portion of High Street in Morgantown will be closed to traffic to make room for all the kids.

This year’s Kids Day will feature more than 100 activities, including an interactive butterfly exhibit, bounce houses, sand art stations, a model railroad display and much more.

“You can get anything from snow cones to cotton candy to face painting,” said Barbara Watkins, assistant director of Main Street Morgantown. “The police and fire department come. The fire department sets up a hose so the kids can get under a sprinkler.”

There will also be presentations by Morgantown Dance and Morgantown Theater Company, a puppet show and photo opportunities with area business mascots, including the WWKW coyote and Smiley from Eat ’n Park.

There will also be a steel drum performance at 1 p.m. at the Morgantown Market Place on Spruce Street.

Everything is aimed at children in elementary school or younger, Watkins said.

“We have our events that are geared to adults. We have our Chocolate Lovers Day. We have Arts Walk ... This event is geared to children,” she said. “But of course, we always encourage the parents to check out the different restaurants we have or to check out especially the different businesses to see all that we have to offer in the downtown.”

Watkins estimates there will be around 40 businesses and organizations from Morgantown that aren’t already located in the downtown area at the event, along with restaurants and businesses on High, Walnut, Spruce and Pleasant streets.

“It’s all free ... and then the restaurants in the downtown, they have different kinds of kids’ specials for children,” she said. “Once they get done or are tired, and they want to go in and eat and enjoy themselves, they can have the specials. And then, of course, the parents can take a break.”

When small businesses and local nonprofits come together, people can see the value of coming downtown, said Watkins. Kids Day and similar events are also a good opportunity for those organizations to show what they have to offer the community.

“It brings the community together and makes it feel like it is a community,” she said. “That we are special and we do have something special here in Morgantown that maybe other communities don’t because we bring all of those together in one area, and it makes you feel good about yourself and where you live.”

Kids Day runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on High Street in Morgantown.

The road will be closed to traffic between Walnut and Pleasant streets, and guests are encouraged to park in one of the garages downtown. Restrooms will be available at the Morgantown Public Safety Building on Spruce Street.

Email Chelsi Baker at cbaker@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @cbakerTWV.

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