Everybody's Day: Kids area promotes fun, patriotism

Uncle Sam to make special visit
Sep. 21, 2013 @ 12:56 PM

With Everybody's Day a few days away, the Chair City community is abuzz with chatter about the 105th annual event set from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Thomasville.

The festival got its name for its inclusive nature. Doug Croft, president of the Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce, is excited about this year's gathering because the tradition of providing entertainment for all ages continues with the Wells Fargo Kids Carnival Area.

"We have a variety of entertainment for both the young children and older youth," Croft said.

This children's area will feature eight or 10 carnival-type rides, trains, an inflatable slide and a "Berry-Go-Round," which Croft says is very similar to a teacup ride the kids' parents might have ridden in their childhood.

In addition to the customary rides and booths set up for the younger generation, Croft hopes to bridge the generation gap between young and old by uniting them with competition and some free All-American City merchandise.

"There will be a couple of games where the kids can win some prizes," Croft said. "Part of this year's event is related to All-America City. In the kids area, there will be an All-America City booth with free buttons, posters, decals and temporary tattoos, so that kids can put the All-America City temporary tattoo on themselves."

Parents might even find Everybody's Day to be educational this year, as one can expect a certain costumed patriotic visitor on stilts to keep spirits up all day long.

"Kids or anybody who wishes can pose with Uncle Sam for pictures," Croft said. "Kids may not know who Uncle Sam is, but it will be a good chance for parents to have a little teaching moment about Uncle Sam."

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.