It's that time of year again: Kidzone rules

It's that time of year again

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 05:00 08/07/2014
Kidzone festival
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WELL DONE, PETAL: Kidzone sub-manager Penny Barnsdale, left, and craft manager Alex Morrison-Bailey with some of the thousands of flowers ready for children to make leis at the festival.

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Thousands of children are set to descend on James Hargest College tomorrow for the annual Kidzone festival.

ILT Kidzone festival director Laura Russell was busy making final preparations yesterday, ensuring every decoration, toy and prop was in place. In fact, she had spent all weekend getting the festival ready - but she was not alone.

The festival's 10th year has attracted more volunteers than any other, with more than 300 people putting their name down to help out.

Last year, 70 to 80 volunteers had helped during the busy weekends, but this year the lowest number of volunteers on any day was more than 100.

Russell believed part of the reason was the festival's milestone birthday.

"Many of the volunteers have been going to the Kidzone for years as children, and now they are older they still want to be part of it. It is also a fun way to add volunteering to their CV," she said.

Pirates is the unofficial theme for 2014 and limited-edition hairstyles and face painting will be available for both pirates and fairies.

Russell remained tight-lipped about details of the big birthday surprise but confirmed it was not a bouncy castle or a titanic slide.

"It's far more exciting than that, and it's never been in the South Island before," Russell said.

About 1800 tickets are expected to be sold during each of the six days of the festival. Only a few tickets are left for each day and Friday is sold out.

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- The Southland Times

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