After being postponed due to weather issues, the annual KingFest celebration in King Central Park is set to kick off this Saturday at 10 a.m.
King Chamber of Commerce Director Cathy Loveday said postponing the event from earlier in October had worked out well and expects Saturday’s festivities to be a success.
“We could not compete with a hurricane,” she said, “but the majority of vendors who planned to be here in October are looking forward to being here this weekend. We will have well over 120 vendors, and will actually probably have even more vendors than we would have for the original date.
“The community reaction to postponing it was well received,” she added. “People said we made the right decision because they wanted to be part of the celebration we have each fall. It is going to be just as nice, or an even nicer event, than we have had in the past because we had a couple of extra weeks to get things together. Most of our vendors were very pleased that we could try to have it on a different date.”
The change in date did result in some changes in entertainment.
“Two of our four bands were not able to reschedule,” said Loveday. “We lost Be the Moon and Starfish, but we will have Surry Line, The Mulligans and the Stan Bobbit Band. We will also have Power Cheer, the Little Miss and Mister King contest and Mrs. Joyce’s Dance Studio on the main stage. We will also have WKTE broadcasting live from the main stage all day.”
Loveday said other events include a visit from a Fairy God Mother, The Balloon Lady, Mad Science, and, for the first time, Santa Claus. She said the KingFest train would be there as well if it was not raining.
Loveday said parking would be available in the Central Park amphitheater parking lot and at other locations throughout the city.
“If the main lot overflows then people will park at King First Baptist and King Elementary school,” she said. “Then we have parking at the American Legion and Calvary Baptist Church. There will be shuttles to those locations. Quaker Gap Baptist Church, Pinedale Christian Church and Jefferson Church of Christ are providing shuttles.”
Loveday added that the change in date would make it easier for visitors to do some Christmas shopping at KingFest.
“Come out and have a good time,” she said. “Bring the kids. There is lots to do and something for everyone. Come do your Christmas shopping, because it will be a great time to stat if you have not already. There will be gifts you can buy for just about everybody.”
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.