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KidFest! Ridgeland was recently named a “Top Twenty Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Don’t forget!  Some of our headlining acts change from weekend to weekend!  Be sure to check the schedule so that you don’t miss out on the chance to see them all!

Zoppé, an Italian Family Circus  (April 13-14 & April 19-20) – Starring Nino the clown, the Zoppé circus is propelled by a central story that features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation.  Giovanni Zoppé, the sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino, says the show aims higher than most circuses these days.  “We try to touch every emotion during the show,” he says.  “They’ll laugh, they’ll cry and they’ll feel for our characters.  It’s more of an event than a show.”  Don’t miss America’s favorite family circus.  www.zoppe.net (Appearing both weekends, please see schedule for performance times).

NEW! A Grizzly Experience – an educational grizzly bear show and exhibit. Festival guests will get an in-depth, up-close and personal look into the life of North America’s most prestigious predator, the Alaskan Grizzly Bear. Everyone can watch Yogi, the 7-year-old, 600 pound grizzly bear and two juvenile bears, Dottie and Lea, delight crowds of all ages with their impressive size and amazing behaviors. Throughout the day , patrons can hangout and watch Yogi and the cubs interact with their handler and talk with him about the amazing bond between grizzly and man. During the daily shows, one of the bears will perform many of their natural behaviors and their handler will talk about bears of North America, bear safety, how to respond to a bear in the wild and the magic of how bears are trained for the movies.

NEW! The Magical Poodles – this show will provide a fun, educational and entertaining experience highlighting the many talents and tricks of the Magical Poodles. Festival guests will learn how to “trick train” a dog, learn about safety around new dogs and how to care for a pet responsibly.

Backyard Circus  (April 13-14 & April 19-20) – An old-fashioned backyard circus where as many as 30 children from the audience have the opportunity to dress up and be the circus performers.  The show includes a lion tamer, strongman, butterfly ballerinas and Wanda, the tightrope walker.  During the grand finale one lucky kid is shot out of a cannon, not a real cannon, but it is a great ending to the “World’s Greatest Backyard Circus.”  (Appearing both weekends, please see schedule for performance times).

Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy – Best described as a show without boundaries, Hilby is living proof that being German doesn’t mean you can’t be funny.  He really gets his audience involved and creates magical and hilarious moments through their participation.  Watch out for catapults, marshmallows, lots of Velcro and the bowling-ball of terror.  www.hilby.net 

Easter Egg Hunt – The City of Ridgeland’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held during KidFest! Ridgeland on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at 9:30 am each day.
Hunt times are as follows:
9:30 am     Ages 2 & Under
9:40 am     Ages 3-4
9:50 am     Ages 5-6
10:00 am   Ages 7-10
One parent per child will be allowed in the hunting area with children 2 & under. No parents will be allowed to hunt with all other age groups. Hunts are for ages 1-10 only.



All of this and a lot more at the 17th Annual KidFest! Ridgeland on Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14 and Friday, April 19 – Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Freedom Ridge Park. To provide a memorable experience for both parents and children, KidFest! Ridgeland will provide:

  • Interactive activities and attractions,
  • A variety of shows,
  • Amusement rides & train rides and
  • It’s all included in the admission price!

Ridgeland also offers the family numerous venues for dining, lodging and fun. Explore www.visitridgeland.com for more details about our city.

KidFest! Ridgeland is a program of the city of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks Department. Call 601.853.2011 for more information.

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