Festival Kids’ Corner offers lots of free fun – including Toledo Zoo animals

By Chad Hutchinson

The Kids’ Corner sponsored by Blissfield State Bank is offering up a  flurry of free fun during the 30th annual River Raisin Festival next  Thursday through Saturday. The Kids’ Corner is located near the  bridge in Bachmayer Park.

Kids’ Corner organizers Elizabeth Comiskey, Kelly Seidl and Shelley  Smith have worked to bring in several new activities for kids, as  well as the return of many of the festival favorites since taking  over the area five years ago.

Seidl said the Kids’ Corner will feature 17 different performers and  vendors this year, which is the most ever offered, and events begin  Thursday since the Sunday of festival has been eliminated. Seidl said  the focus of the Kids’ Corner is affordable fun for the whole family.

“Our biggest thing is to be eventful for the kids, reasonable and  have fun while they’re there,” she said.

New this year will be the Toledo Zoo bringing all sorts of furry and  scale-covered friends for a petting zoo and animal education every  day from 6-8 p.m. The animal kingdom guests will include monkeys,  porcupines, amphibians and reptiles — all touchable.

For more on the Kids’ Corner and the complete River Raisin Festival 2013 Guide, please pick up the July 3, 2013, edition of The Advance.