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IL festival kids’ zone sure to be jumping

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By Julie Graham

The kids’ zone at the Indian Land Fall Festival on Oct. 28 is sure to be jumping.
With an emphasis on fun, organizers of the Panhandle’s largest gathering of the year have reserved at least six different themed, inflatable bounce houses, as well as a trackless train, chalk art and other activities.
The kids’ zone will be in the football field end zone closest to Indian Land High School, on the school campus off U.S. 521, between River and Doby’s Bridge roads. Admission for unlimited play in the kids’ zone is $6 per wristband.
“The kids’ zone will be full of bouncy houses and lots of activities for kids to spend the entire day,” said  festival coordinator Richard Warrin, chief operating officer at Springs Memorial Hospital.
The area, sponsored by AAA Carolinas, will play up the festival theme with flags and lots of color to attract the event’s youngest guests. The assortment of inflatables include an 18-foot slide, obstacle course, gladiator jousting and a wrecking ball for older kids to compete.
A trackless train will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. around the athletic track of the football field. There will be sidewalk chalk, hula hoops and face painting. Pony rides will be available for an additional fee in the farm zone.
The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with live music, food trucks, a car show, chili cook-off, corn hole tournament and five zones of activity, including areas dedicated to kids, sports, farm life, churches and community. There will be business and arts and craft vendors. Country music star Julie Roberts will headline the event, and The Hinson Girls of Van Wyck will perform in the afternoon.
The festival’s new organizers, led by chairman Mike Neese, have focused on music, food and fun in planning the 12th annual festival, previously put together by the Indian Land Rotary Club.  
“The main draw should be the community event where you can bring your family and have a fun, full day,” Warrin said. “It’s a great way for you to see what Lancaster County has to offer – from businesses to performances.”
AAA Carolinas is opening an Indian Land location and wanted to be involved in the festival, expected to attract 15,000 people.
“It’s really just a great way for the community to come together and have a fun time,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas’ public relations manager. “It’s perfect for families and friends looking to spend quality time together while supporting the Indian Land community.”
For more information, visit the festival website at www.indianlandfallfest.com.