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Gazette Premium Content Acacia Park Fun Fest ushers summer in

by stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - Updated: June 8, 2014 at 8:37 am

Reese Nelson nestled into her father's right shoulder as she looked back at a stream of kids and adults waiting to meet a television star .

Not only did the 3-year-old see Super Why, a cartoon character on PBS kids, but she just had the chance to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and was still in awe.

Speechless, she waved at Clifford hoping the Big Red Dog would see her.

For the fourth year in a row the Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest took place at Acacia Park on the first Saturday of June. Even with a forecast for possible showers and thunderstorms, kids and adults came out in droves to take part in the free festivities.

The event featured more than 50 booths, two bounce houses, and was the official opening of the Uncle Wilber Fountain for the summer.

Seven-year-old Cienna Tillman, who was attending the fun fest for the third time, was just getting out of one of the bounce houses where she unsuccessfully tried to do a front flip. She already got drenched by the hundreds of water jets in the Uncle Wilber Fountain earlier in the day and was looking for another activity.

Tillman then remembered the face painting booth located across the park and raced over to find it, leaving her mom to try and catch up.

Across from the bounce houses, Rayven Quigley, 62, and Carol Horne, 59, were sitting at a picnic table watching a man with a contraption that allowed him to play the trombone, a high hat and an accordionat the same time. They also watched as a woman danced to the music with a group of children up on a stage. It was one of the live shows put on for the kids.

Quigleyand Horne, who were waiting to watch their friend perform as a belly dancer after the music and dance, were not in the target age for much of day's events. Still, they were enjoying themselves.

Horne scanned the park before seeing a group of storm troopers from Star Wars at one of the booths. She lifted her eyebrows in excitement and hurried over to join the crowd, as they waited to take pictures.

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