Children’s Festival set for May 10

Performers announced for 29th annual Kootenay Children's Festival.

The Kootenay Children’s Festival is just a couple of weeks away and a host of acts have been announced for the event. The festival will feature the Duck Man, Kellie Haines Ventriloquist, Kiki the Eco Elf, P.T. the clown, Johnny Ogden, Neezar the Stilt-walker and Annie and Co. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kellie Haines is a Vancouver ventriloquist who has been talking through her stuffed animals since she was eight years old. She has a background in theatre, clowning, singing and dance. Haines and her puppet pals have performed all over North America.

Neezar is a Canadian singer, actor, musician and circus performer based out of Vancouver. He’s been entertaining audiences with an array of skills and talents for 18 years. Those skills include stilt-walking, fire-breathing, opera singing, puppeteering and many more.

Kiki the Eco Elf is a children’s entertainer from the Okanagan Valley. She has been performing at festivals and schools across B.C. and Alberta since 2008. Kiki has opened for and played with children’s performers like Charlotte Diamond, Fred Penner and Splash ‘n Boots.

This is the 29th year for the annual festival and all the regular favourites for activities will be returning as well. Those include the CU Express train, the face painting stations, the hair tent, the hat tent and the cookie decorating tent.

Also returning is the paint the car activity, the bouncy tents, plants for Mothers’ Day and exhibits from the Kootenay Trout Hatchery, Wildsight, Blue Lake Camp, and many others.