IGA Kids Fest proves fun diversion for families
by Hawkins Teague
Aug 09, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
David Bilan of the Tri-Cities Magician’s Society demonstrates how to hatch a rabbit egg. (From left) Bilan, Chris Washer, Raylan Pool and Jamee Noel.
David Bilan of the Tri-Cities Magician’s Society demonstrates how to hatch a rabbit egg. (From left) Bilan, Chris Washer, Raylan Pool and Jamee Noel.
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Hannah Allen (left) and Jacob Michael Bridges slide down the Backyard Bouncers dragon.
Hannah Allen (left) and Jacob Michael Bridges slide down the Backyard Bouncers dragon.
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If you drove down Main Street on Saturday, you might have noticed a change in appearance at the Washer’s IGA parking lot.

“It’s hard to drive down this little town of Cadiz and not see a big red dragon,” said Scott Staggs, who was in the parking lot with his wife, Wendy, and their children, Scotty and McKayla.

Scotty and McKayla were among many local kids who were climbing into the mouth of the giant inflatable dragon, provided by Hopkinsville’s Backyard Bouncers, and jumping their way down its throat, through its abdomen and down to its tail.

This was part of Washer’s IGA’s fourth annual Kids Fest, which owner Chris Washer said was part of a national promotion IGA stores do every summer.

Staggs said Washer’s is a good community store and events like this one were one reason why Cadiz is a great place to live. He and Wendy said they fell in love with the town several years ago while antique shopping, and it didn’t take them long before they started shopping for a house as well.

Washer said the store tries to make the event a little bigger every year, and that they may try to get some local civic groups involved next year to put something together of a larger scale. Besides the eye-catching inflatable dragon, there were magicians, snow cones, ice cream and a ring toss game. Kids and their parents could also register for national drawing prizes such as a Caribbean cruise, laptop computers, i-Pods, major league baseball tickets and a trip to Space Camp.

Unlike other IGA promotional events, Washer said he doesn’t sell anything outside at Kids Fest. The ice cream was donated by Purity, soda came from Pepsi and several snacks were given by Washer’s wholesaler Laural Grocery. Washer said he always tries to hold the event on the weekend before the start of school.

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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