57th annual Children’s Festival kicks off Saturday

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – Saturday marked the start of the 57th annual Children’s Festival in Jacksonville.

Families enjoyed the festivities in Britt Gardens from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Children created crafts, got faces painted, and even had the chance to feed a dragon.

This year’s directors say one of the best parts is hearing how special this is to share an experience across generations.

“It is extra special to me to be part of something that has been in our community long enough that parents come and say ‘I remember coming when I was a kid and now I’m bringing my kid,'” said co-director Hollie Arnold.  “They’re excited to share the magic.”

The Children’s Festival will also be happening from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.

Admission is $3 per person and includes all crafts and activities available.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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