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Kids in spotlight for annual event Saturday in Marble Falls

MARBLE FALLS — Kids rule Saturday in Johnson Park as the community holds the 10th annual Children’s Day Celebration from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The food and fun are free for children.

"It started 10 years ago by Ely Rodriquez and it’s just grown and become a tradition," said Barbara Bend of Harmony School of Creative Arts.

Bend was there for the first event as well.

"It’s this one day where we truly celebrate the children," Bend said. "Children’s Day gives them a positive and healthy event to have fun as well as learn new things."

The celebration features about 50 learning centers, said Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce Events Coordinator Kerri Roberts.

"I think that’s one of the things that makes this event unique — everything is free for the kids," she said. "Hot dogs, hamburger, drinks, a T-shirt — there’s no charge to the kids. The learning centers are all free as well. We’ve worked with the groups holding the centers to let them know that we don’t want them selling anything to the kids. It’s a great chance for kids (and parents) to come out and have fun."

The centers include music education featuring Cowgirl Sue; Become a Girl Scout by Girls Scouts of Central Texas; flint knapping by the Highland Lakes Gem Society; healthy eating by Seton Care-A-Van; potting plants by The Home Depot; a fun run by Edwards Risk Management; puppet shows by Victory Church and First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls; gymnastics and dancing by Stars Academy; Let’s Just Play by the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes; and many more.

Along with educational and fun centers, Children’s Day will have a talent show for kids interested in showing off their abilities.

To enter the talent contest, call (830) 693-1791.

Roberts said organizers expect 1,500-1,600 children to attend.

"So if you add at least one parent with each kid, we could get (more than) 3,000 people," she said. "That’s pretty good."

The park is at 230 Ave. J South.

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, like last year, organizers won’t postpone the celebration but simply move it to the Marble Falls High School cafeteria, 2101 Mustang Drive.

daniel@thepicayune.com