She said the Chamber is also working with the Haverhill Police Department to expand National Night Out, a fall event focused on bringing free activities, food and games to inner-city families. Additionally, with the return of Team Haverhill’s River Rukus, the organizing committee believes there will be ample events in the downtown area this year.
“We are convinced that the new lush venue of Kimball Farm will expose residents from all parts of Haverhill to an experience they have never had before at KidsFEST,” Cantwell said.
Chamber President Sven Amirian said it’s very important for children in the community to stay connected with nature and that Kimball Farm offers the perfect setting for families to enjoy traditional KidsFEST attractions while also having a place to run and play in wide expanses of green grass.
Along with opportunities to expand, the organizational committee of dedicated volunteers is aiming to include educational, athletic and creative opportunities for all who attend.
Amirian said the farm will allow for activities enhanced by a natural venue.
From good old-fashioned “field day” activities like water balloon tossing, parachute play and potato-sack races, to bigger and more exciting additions like sumo wrestling and a Velcro wall jump, Amirian said these are all possible due to the change in venue.
Other features include the Haverhill Junior and Senior Idol singing competitions, a giant mural art project, gladiator jousting, obstacle course and relay races, wrestling demonstrations, live petting zoo, monster truck, teddy bear and doll clinics, drumming, giant bubbles, a touch ambulance, vintage fire trucks, Ghostbusters car, bouncy house and more.
Activities that charge a fee include helicopter rides, pony rides, sumo wrestling, bungee run, a “wreck the sand castle” raffle and feed the farm animals. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.