Chatham-Kent Youth Festival. June 3, 2017. (Photo courtesy of the Blackburn Radio Chatham-Kent Summer Road Crew)

More inflatables expected at 12th annual Youth Fest

The rain should hold off long enough for families to get out and enjoy CK Youth Festival this weekend.

The annual event runs Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Tecumseh Park in Chatham.

Kelly Bachus, program coordinator with CK recreation, said the festival is a “one-stop shop” where parents can get information about local programs and kids can stay entertained with activities available at the park.

“All of our community partners that have something for kids to do this summer will be there with booths and activities,” she said. “This year we have 16 different inflatables, face painters, there’s entertainment, we have aerial artists this year… there are all sorts of fun things the kids can be doing while the parents are collecting that information.”

Bachus said organizers have put in a lot of effort in making this year’s Youth Fest better than previous years.

“Each year we kind of struggle to find something bigger and better and more exciting for the kids to do so we think we have kind of done that this year with some of the new inflatables that we have,” she said.

Bachus also mentioned that they have a variety of inflatables that are suitable for kids that range in all ages.

CK Recreation partnered with the Optimist Club, which means food trucks will also be at the event.

“This year which is great, the Jr. Optimists are coming to help out and they have decided that with all of the money they have raised throughout the year, they’re going to provide a giveaway of two bikes,” said Bachus. “All you have to do is sign up for that [at the event].”

CK Youth Festival is free to attend.