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Kids festival aims to increase outdoor recreation

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, and State Rep. Glenn Baker are coming together to support the 2nd Annual Kids Outdoor Festival, a free event that encourages children to become more active outdoors.

The festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Clayton County International Park, according to Megan Drew, director of marketing and communications for the Convention & Visitors Bureau. The park is located at 2300 Highway 138, in Jonesboro.

"By providing a variety of activities, kids will have the opportunity to explore the world of snakes, view a wildlife exhibit [and] experience outdoor craft activities," said Drew.

The festival will also include a variety of live entertainment, picnic activities, games, and an appearance by Smokey the Bear, she said.

A Barbeque Competition, and the Lake Spivey Road Race, will also take place, Drew said, in a written statement.

She said a fee is required to enter the 5K and 15K races, which begin at 8 a.m. The fee for the races is $25, until Sept. 18, and $30 after that date.

Varied fees are also required to enter the Barbeque Competition. All proceeds from the competition and the road races will go to provide scholarships for children to experience outdoor activities, in accordance with the Georgia Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights, which was recognized by resolutions in both the Georgia House and Georgia Senate, during the 2009 General Assembly, Drew said.

For further information about the Kids Outdoor Festival and the Georgia Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights, visit the festival's web site at www.kidsoutdoorsga.org, or call (770) 477-3766.