More than 4,000 people (4,050 to be exact) turned out for the 38th annual Northern Colorado Children’s Festival on April 13 at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley. The event, hosted by United Way of Weld County’s Promises for Children, offered free family activities, hands-on arts and crafts, the 20th year anniversary for the Scholastic Book Fair, health and safety information and entertainment.

Thanks to the 73 volunteers and 69 vendors (14 brand new this year) for making this event a success. We really appreciated community partners that provided items for our 1,013 family goodie bags. Those partners included: Greeley Recreation Center, High Plains Library District, DentaQuest and RMParent magazine.

We handed out 1,065 free books at the event, and the attendance total was 450 more people than last year. While attending the event, 88 percent of parents shared that they learned about new community resources, and 95 percent said they felt that they and their children learned something new.

Thank you to Two Men And A Truck-Loveland for donating three days of moving services. Many thanks to Island Grove Regional Park and our terrific emcees Deirdre Pilch and Heather Lunde for volunteering their time at the festival.

United Way of Weld County is so thankful to the volunteers, service providers, vendors, community partners and the families who attend each year to make this event possible. Please mark your calendars. We look forward to next year’s festival on April 11, 2020.

Jodi Antonacci
United Way of Weld County
Promises for Children Coordinator