Kid’s Day brings thousands to Lexington

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The event itself is old enough to be considered an adult, but the focus remains on the children at Kid’s Day of Lexington.

Thousands of people came out Saturday for the 19th annual Kid’s Day at Virginia Hylton Park and Icehouse Amphitheater. The event, designed to teach kids and parents alike about health, safety and environmental awareness, mixed education with fun and lots of free food, drinks and souvenirs.

“We’ve been coming for years, but I think this is the biggest one yet,” said Earl Thompson, who attended with all five of his children. “It’s like Halloween out here.”

Many local businesses and organizations set up booths, from police and firefighters to health care providers to libraries and museums and everything in between. Kids were able to climb inside a fire truck and an ambulance, as well as a police vehicle.

“Everyone’s so nice, and I love seeing the kids get to know the police officers and the firefighters,” said Cayla Donovan.

Brent Johnson of 93.1 The Lake served as emcee for the day, introducing a steady stream of kids from local organizations showing off their talents on the amphitheater stage.

While the entire event was free, donations were accepted to benefit the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter and the Dickerson Center for Children.

More information on the event and plans for the next year’s 20th anniversary edition is available at

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