The Nevada City Children's Festival is back after a two-year hiatus!  Over 2,500 children of all ages took to Pioneer Park for two sessions on Friday.  A big thank you to Nancy Kemp, Gayle Denney, Sandy and Walt Stickel, Cathy Wilcox-Barnes and anyone else who were involved with this year's festival. 
Planning is a year round affair for Nancy and the event team leads!  Congrats and thank you for keeping this event alive for our community! The little one working on a butterfly with her daddy is Dave and Gayle's granddaughter Sybil!
For one special day each summer, Pioneer park is transformed into a magical wonderland. For Nevada City Children’s Festival, the park comes alive with banners, strolling minstrels, jugglers, magicians, face painters, trolls, fortune tellers, dragons, knights, and more – all part of a Renaissance-style craft fair for children.
Tables for 20+ crafts are arranged for children to make Renaissance costumes, swords, shields, magic wands, crowns, necklaces, rings. They engage in wood block construction, soapstone carving, clay modeling and castle painting. The whimsical nature of the event and the wonderful variety of crafts entertains children ages 2 to 92.  For months in advance Rotarians meet several times a month to prepare the various art and crafts, make costumes, and assemble decorations. Rotarians set up and tear down the event and staff crafts tables. Each year, nearly 2600 attend with proceeds benefiting the Park. A valued tradition since 1974!