Madisonville, KY— The 2013 edition of Kidapalooza, the annual event that invites kids to come play in the streets downtown, is this Saturday, October 26th from 10 AM until 1 PM. The event, which takes place in downtown Madisonville on South Main, Court, and Union Streets, began in 2008 as the areas first free event established solely for kids. Since its inception the event has steadily grown in population and last year attracted nearly 750 kids to the downtown area. Daron Jordan, Community Development Director for the City of Madisonville, stated that “the committee is pleased that the community has embraced Kidapalooza as an annual event and continues to support it through attendance, community volunteers, and financial support. It is through this support that the event is able to remain a free event with plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy.”
The 2013 edition of Kidapalooza will again feature arts and crafts activities, games, inflatables, the Madisonville Fire Department’s Safety Trailer, the Madisonville Lions Club eye screenings, and demonstrations from the Grace Warehouse S.T.O.M.P. Team. In addition the Pennyrile Soapbox Derby Association will host its annual Super Kids Soapbox Derby Competition. Primary sponsors for this year’s Kidapalooza event include the City of Madisonville, Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission, and Baptist Health Madisonville. Other community partners helping to underwrite this year’s event include Ameriprise Financial, US Bank, Ferrell’s, Hancock Bank & Trust, West Area Health Education Cooperative, Madisonville Rotary Club, First United Bank, Hudson Automotive, and Murray State University – Madisonville Campus.
Kidapalooza also requires several downtown streets to be closed to host the event. Those street closings begin at 6 AM and include – South Main from East Center to West Broadway, Court Street, and Union Street (from Court to East Center). The public is advised that detour routes will be marked and motorist should allow a few extra minutes when travelling in the event area during the closure. The streets will reopen to traffic at 2 PM.
For more information about the 2013 edition of Kidapalooza visit the Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission’s website (http://visitmadisonvilleky.com) or the City of Madisonville’s Facebook page (http://tinyurl.com/od7buuh).