KingFest a hit with those who came


Wet weather diminished crowds, vendors at rescheduled event

By Nicholas Elmes - nelmes@civitasmedia.com



Students from Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio perform at KingFest.


Students from Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio perform at KingFest.


The Mulligans performed at KingFest.


Mayor Jack Warren welcomes guest to the 26th Annual KingFest.


Surry Line kicked off the music on the main stage at KingFest.


Vendors braved wet weather to share their wares at KingFest.


Vendors braved wet weather to share their wares at KingFest.


Attendees at KingFest enjoyed playing horseshoes.


KingFest offered lots of activities for kids.


Vendors braved wet weather to share their wares at KingFest.


Local Interact clubs helped raise money to fight polio as part of their Purple Pinkie campaign.


Despite the weather vendors had decent crowds.


Vendors braved wet weather to share their wares at KingFest.


Kids could get their faces, or hands, painted at KingFest.


KingFest goers enjoy a racing simulation


These two kids were thrilled with finger puppets they purchased at KingFest.


Dale and Beth Smith kicked off the music on the Heritage Stage.


Local Interact clubs helped raise money to fight polio as part of their Purple Pinkie campaign.


Kids had lots to do at KingFest this year.


The Ballon Lady was a big hit with kids at KingFest.


The Stan Bobbitt Band offered impressive vocals from the main stage.


Local Interact clubs helped raise money to fight polio as part of their Purple Pinkie campaign.


The Fairy Godmother entices kids with magic.


The Fairy Godmother entices kids with magic.


Kids had lots to do at KingFest this year.


Pictured are all of this year’s Little Miss and Mister King contestants.


This year children had a chance to participate in the Little Miss and Mister King contest. Pictured from left to right are Little Miss King Kaylee DiJohn (6- to 8-year-old category), Little Miss King Payton Fulp (3- to 5-year-old category), Little Mister King Carter Fuertes (3- to 5-year-old category), and Little Mister King Landon Darida (6- to 8-year-old category).


If you braved the weather to attend the 26th annual KingFest in King Central park on Saturday you likely had a good time, but organizers say the wet weather reduced the usual crowds by at least half and caused many vendors to not show up.

“I would say we probably had close to 2,000 people there over the course of the day,” said King Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cathy Loveday. “Three was some rain when we were setting up but then it cleared and the weather held out during the day. We did not really have any rain until after 3 p.m.”

Loveday said the vendors who did show up seemed to be happy with the event.

“A few of our vendors have sent some very nice emails say they thought it was very well organized,” she said. “One woman who goes to a lot of these events said everything and everyone was delightful. A number of vendors said they made enough o cover their expenses and make a little so they were okay with it.”

KingFest had originally been scheduled for Oct. 3 but was rescheduled dues to predictions that the area could be impacted by a hurricane.

Loveday said Saturday’s events were especially good for kids.

“We had areas set up for them to do activities where it was sheltered,” she said. “The kids that came had a ball. Our Little Miss and Mister King contest went really well. I think people enjoyed it and the children were sweet and cute. We are gong to work on doing more with it next year to make it an even better event.”

This year’s winners for the event were Little Miss King Kaylee DiJohn (6- to 8-year-old category), Little Miss King Payton Fulp (3- to 5-year-old category), Little Mister King Carter Fuertes (3- to 5-year-old category), and Little Mister King Landon Darida (6- to 8-year-old category).

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.

Students from Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio perform at KingFest.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7477.jpgStudents from Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio perform at KingFest.

Students from Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio perform at KingFest.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7515.jpgStudents from Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio perform at KingFest.

The Mulligans performed at KingFest.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7537.jpgThe Mulligans performed at KingFest.

Mayor Jack Warren welcomes guest to the 26th Annual KingFest.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7200.jpgMayor Jack Warren welcomes guest to the 26th Annual KingFest.

Surry Line kicked off the music on the main stage at KingFest.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7217.jpgSurry Line kicked off the music on the main stage at KingFest.

Vendors braved wet weather to share their wares at KingFest.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7224.jpgVendors braved wet weather to share their wares at KingFest.

Vendors braved wet weather to share their wares at KingFest.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7228.jpgVendors braved wet weather to share their wares at KingFest.

Attendees at KingFest enjoyed playing horseshoes.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7231.jpgAttendees at KingFest enjoyed playing horseshoes.

KingFest offered lots of activities for kids.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7239.jpgKingFest offered lots of activities for kids.

Vendors braved wet weather to share their wares at KingFest.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7244.jpgVendors braved wet weather to share their wares at KingFest.

Local Interact clubs helped raise money to fight polio as part of their Purple Pinkie campaign.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7246.jpgLocal Interact clubs helped raise money to fight polio as part of their Purple Pinkie campaign.

Despite the weather vendors had decent crowds.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7249.jpgDespite the weather vendors had decent crowds.

Vendors braved wet weather to share their wares at KingFest.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7253.jpgVendors braved wet weather to share their wares at KingFest.

Kids could get their faces, or hands, painted at KingFest.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7257.jpgKids could get their faces, or hands, painted at KingFest.

KingFest goers enjoy a racing simulation
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7261.jpgKingFest goers enjoy a racing simulation

These two kids were thrilled with finger puppets they purchased at KingFest.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7263.jpgThese two kids were thrilled with finger puppets they purchased at KingFest.

Dale and Beth Smith kicked off the music on the Heritage Stage.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7265.jpgDale and Beth Smith kicked off the music on the Heritage Stage.

Local Interact clubs helped raise money to fight polio as part of their Purple Pinkie campaign.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7275.jpgLocal Interact clubs helped raise money to fight polio as part of their Purple Pinkie campaign.

Kids had lots to do at KingFest this year.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7297.jpgKids had lots to do at KingFest this year.

The Ballon Lady was a big hit with kids at KingFest.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7311.jpgThe Ballon Lady was a big hit with kids at KingFest.

The Stan Bobbitt Band offered impressive vocals from the main stage.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7316.jpgThe Stan Bobbitt Band offered impressive vocals from the main stage.

Local Interact clubs helped raise money to fight polio as part of their Purple Pinkie campaign.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7331.jpgLocal Interact clubs helped raise money to fight polio as part of their Purple Pinkie campaign.

The Fairy Godmother entices kids with magic.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7336.jpgThe Fairy Godmother entices kids with magic.

The Fairy Godmother entices kids with magic.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7345.jpgThe Fairy Godmother entices kids with magic.

Kids had lots to do at KingFest this year.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7358.jpgKids had lots to do at KingFest this year.

Pictured are all of this year’s Little Miss and Mister King contestants.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7364.jpgPictured are all of this year’s Little Miss and Mister King contestants.

This year children had a chance to participate in the Little Miss and Mister King contest. Pictured from left to right are Little Miss King Kaylee DiJohn (6- to 8-year-old category), Little Miss King Payton Fulp (3- to 5-year-old category), Little Mister King Carter Fuertes (3- to 5-year-old category), and Little Mister King Landon Darida (6- to 8-year-old category).
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7388.jpgThis year children had a chance to participate in the Little Miss and Mister King contest. Pictured from left to right are Little Miss King Kaylee DiJohn (6- to 8-year-old category), Little Miss King Payton Fulp (3- to 5-year-old category), Little Mister King Carter Fuertes (3- to 5-year-old category), and Little Mister King Landon Darida (6- to 8-year-old category).

Kids had a chance to make slime at The Mad Scientist booth.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7409.jpgKids had a chance to make slime at The Mad Scientist booth.

Students from Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio perform at KingFest.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7419.jpgStudents from Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio perform at KingFest.

Students from Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio perform at KingFest.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7434.jpgStudents from Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio perform at KingFest.

Students from Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio perform at KingFest.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7471.jpgStudents from Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio perform at KingFest.

http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_7474.jpg
Wet weather diminished crowds, vendors at rescheduled event

By Nicholas Elmes

nelmes@civitasmedia.com

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