Fun-Filled Festival

June 10, 2005 -- 8:45 PM CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- It was a full house at the Northeast Aarkansas District Fairgrounds Saturday, with lots of activities for children to get into.

Savannah Strickland came to the festival with her parents and she had a blast.

"We have been jumping in the moonwalk, and we've been sliding down the slide and going through obstacle courses," she said.

The Foundation of Arts kicked off its First Arts and More Festival, and Saturday was a day that the whole family could enjoy.

"This year was a great year to really begin something we can do every year," said Megan Osborn, member of The Foundation of Arts.  "We really wanted to reach the whole community...not just parents, but also their children."

She took a moment to partake in the festivities as Cinderella.  Children crowded around her for an hour of story-telling.

"They're having a good time...I think as much as I am too," she said.  "It's fun to see someone from a storybook come alive."

There were several booths set up where children could have fun.  Strickland said she enjoyed making crafts in the arts and garden booth.

"I painted some pictures for the actual garden...the art garden...and that's about it," she said.

The festival gave the community a sneak peak of what The Foundation of Arts stands for, and Osborn was pleased with the turnout.

"I hate to say I'm surprised...but I was a little surprised, but very pleasantly so," she said.  "Everyone seems very excited to be here."

The Foundation of Arts provides classes in drama, music and dance.  It also holds community outreach programs in Region 8.