We asked Tara Shuttleworth, one of the organizers of this year’s Wallingford Family Festival and Parade (née Kiddie Parade) how she thought it went, given the parade took a slightly different route and ended in a new location (Wallingford Playfield) this year. Here’s what she had to say:
For the first year at The Wallingford Playing Fields, the WNO was really happy with the turn out at the Wallingford Family Festival. We had over 30 craft and food vendors with music from N20, Casper Babypants as well as Zumba with Fresh Fitness and Dance Studios in Wallingford. Om Cultures Kids Gym was a huge success. We estimate about 800 people came to the Playing Fields to enjoy the day last Saturday.
Things we plan to change in the future would be location of vendors and Bouncy Castles as well as more signs letting participants know where the Wallingford Playing Field is at.
One participant commented that “Next year, it’d be nice if the bouncy houses were oriented in such a way as to minimize the heat on that plastic! My kid didn’t want to play on the bouncy houses due to the sun-factor.” We did not take into account the direction the sun would be in throughout the day and will plan on having the bouncy castles in a more shaded area next year.
We also want to make sure that all of our craft and food vendors get equal visibility for next year which is easy attainable with such a large space. Plan on seeing more signs next year with directions to the playfield.
Please let us know of any other constructive feedback you can think of Wallingford! We learned a lot from this year and look forward to creating a more interative family event next year. Stay Tuned!
Event Coordinator and Owner of Babette’s Events
Do folks have other constructive suggestions you’d like to share?
(Photo from 2010 by Neil Parekh)