One of the largest North Shore children’s festivals, the Camellia City Kids Fun Fest, is set to return to Slidell’s Heritage Park on April 28.
This year, festival organizers introduce the inaugural Singing Showdown competition. Kids ages 5 to 18 can compete in a vocal showdown. The best singer, decided by a panel of judges, will receive a special award and bragging rights. Registration begins at 11 a.m. near the amphitheater stage, and the competition begins at 3 p.m.
Festival organizers also say one of the highlights of this year’s kids fest will be the Lucky Ducky Duck Race, where rubber ducks will ‘race’ along a water course in Bayou Bonfouca while being pushed by a fire hose. Tickets for this fun-raising duck race will be sold at the festival for $10 each or 3 tickets for $25. The first duck to cross the finish line wins it’s ticket owner $500.
In addition to the rubber duck race, there will inflatables, pony rides, games, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, live music and entertainment the North Shore event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and all activities are included. Proceeds benefit Riley’s Bikes, a local charity that provides customized bikes for children with special needs.
Organizers say this year’s fest will also honor the life of one of its founding members, Lieutenant Ray Dupuy. Dupuy, a Shift Supervisor in the Patrol Division of the Slidell Police Department, died tragically in a motorcycle accident in September 2017.
The Camellia City Kids Fun Fest also partners with Bring it Home Northshore to honor our military heroes and their families. Active or retired military personnel who present a valid military ID will receive two free food tickets to enjoy at the festival.
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