The Letcher County Kids Day Back-to-School Bash event has gotten bigger each year and organizers say Friday’s event should draw the biggest crowd yet.
Martha Watts, chairperson of the Letcher County Kids Day Committee, said organizers try to get new attractions and people to come to each Kids Day event.
“We’re always looking for new experiences that we wouldn’t normally be able to find in Letcher County,” said Watts.
In its fourth year, the Letcher County Kids Day Back-to-School Bash will take place at River Park in Whitesburg from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on July 31.
Newly-crowned Miss Kentucky Mallory Ervin will be at the event from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to sign autographs.
A BMX bike stunt show will take place at noon. The bikers, who are from Perfection on Wheels based in Norco, Calif., will present a drug-free message. Watts said the performers will also stress the importance of bike safety.
A 40-foot-by-20-foot inflatable water slide and inflatables from XTreme Fun Inflatables will be on site.
The event will have firetruck, train and pony rides. Games for children will include a stick pony derby, sack races, a watermeloneating contest and a fishing game.
The Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC) of Letcher County purchased school supplies to hand out to school-age children who attend any school in the county.
“Hopefully that will relieve some stress from parents of getting children ready for school,” said Watts. “It’s certainly worth it to stop by to get the school supplies.”
Watts said approximately 1,600 children came to the Kids Day event last year and picked up school supplies. She said that was about half of the student population in the county.
Because of economic strains on families, Watts predicts that even more children will come Friday to get school supplies.
Watts said the Letcher County Kids Day events are a product of support from numerous individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the county.
“What makes Kids Days so successful is we have so much community support,” said Watts. “It’s the whole community working together. It’s so many individuals that care about kids.”