Fairy Festival Greets Hundreds with Arts, Crafts, Live Performances
Art 634 transformed into a magical kingdom over the weekend with several arts and crafts activities, carriage rides and a chance to have tea with the Rose Queen.
The seventh annual Fairy Festival was at Art 634 and Jackson School of the Arts, at 634 N. Mechanic St. starting with the Twilight Fairy Gala on Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 27.
While the festival has a natural appeal to little girls, Kim Hastings, executive director of the Jackson School of the Arts, attempts to do away with that stigma as each year passes.
“We have something for everyone to do when they come here,” she said. “It’s been so much fun watching an idea like this take off and just get bigger and better each year.”
Hastings said with the festival growing each year, parents were running into trouble with the increasing crowds at the event.
“To accommodate the growth in our attendance numbers, we added an additional day for the festival on Sunday this year,” she said. “It’s all about the kids, so we did our best to make everything more accessible.”
For Amy Christian and 8-year-old daughter Lillian of Jackson this definitely improved their time spent at the event.
Although, Lillian may have been too excited about finding Elsa’s charm necklace from the movie “Frozen,” or too busy putting together a fairy wand to even notice.
“This is our third year in a row and it just keeps getting better each year,” Christian said. “It’s much more open this year and easier to get around.”
Performances were put on by the Fairy Festival Players and students from the Jackson School of the Arts.
Actors and actresses between the ages of 6 and 11 put on theatre and dance performances. Peg Williams, the Ensemble Theatre Program Coordinator, said the children had a hand in every aspect of the performances including the script, wardrobe and choreography.
For Mike Carrigan’s 8-year-old daughter, Grace, the ballet performance is the best aspect of the day.
“We’ve been coming down here for three or four years now,” the Jackson native said. “Grace does ballet herself, so she loves to come and watch it every single year.”
Performances and some activities had a small nominal fee of $1-$5, but admission to the event was free. One of the newly added features this year was the Runaway Farms horse and carriage ride for $5, good enough for a 10 minute ride.
Local businesses and vendors set up shop and sold fairy themed items and food.
“The Fairy Festival has great support from the community and local sponsors,” Hastings said. “This is still a free admission event thanks to all of them.”