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Kids Funfest and Safety Day set for May 19
Kidsfest Trooper roll-over car pic
Margaret Hobbs photo State trooper Darrell Winningham of the Pupil Transportation Division of the Tennessee Highway Patrol gives a demonstration about what happens in a rollover crash during a previous Kids Funfest and Safety Day at McMinnville Civic Center.

Children just want to have fun, and parents appreciate free fun.

Kids Funfest and Safety Day offers both of those, with free activities for families to enjoy. This year’s event has been set for May 19.

McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the use of the back parking lot of the Civic Center for the event, as well as the gym as a contingency for inclement weather, at the request of event organizer Warren County Youth Leadership.

“We respectfully ask the city of McMinnville to once again serve as a co-sponsor on Saturday, May 19,” said Jacqueline Becerra in a letter request on behalf of the Kids Funfest and Safety Day Committee. “We hope to receive city approval for the funfest, as we already have the date reserved with the Civic Center. We wish to utilize the back parking lot weather-permitting, or the interior, if inclement weather.”

The funfest is available to all children of the community at no cost. Businesses, civic groups, churches and community organizations that participate offer items free of charge. Officials waive any charge associated with the use of city facilities.

Becerra said they wish to continue the successful event.

“We will reproduce prior year’s events including education, food, games, music and various other activities in conjunction with other local organizations, church groups, and businesses,” said Becerra. “Kids Funfest and Safety Day is not a fundraiser, rather a concerted effort to provide free educational fun to the children of the area while providing personal safety knowledge.”

Specific details on what will be offered will be available closer to the event.