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Special to the DailyChildren enjoy the train at last year's Free Family Fun Fair in Edwards.
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EDWARDS Bottom line: Kids are expensive, they begin with diapers and Baby Bjorns and end with college (if youre lucky). Good thing theyre so darn cute.It was with this idea in mind that Holli Snyder created the annual Free Family Fun Fair.We all know how expensive it can be to live here, said Snyder, a mother of two and general manager of NRC Broadcasting in Avon. I was frustrated with going to Beaver Creek where a three-minute jump on the bungee jump was $10 per kid. That was the catalyst, she said.Thats why the fair is completely free, Snyder said.

Starting with pony rides in the parking lot, Dana Maurer and her three children, Cole, 6, Grant, 5, and Addison, 3, spent three hours at last years inaugural family fun fest. The best part is they have every attraction my kids ages would like pony rides, a bouncy thing, something with bikes, and a train that zigzagged through the whole event. They had so much for the kids to do and it was all free, Maurer said.We have three kids and usually when we go to things like this its $5 a kid and $80 later youve done everything, she said. Events such as this one are very important to the community as a whole, Elisse Kelley said. Kelley and her husband Eric took their two children Aidan and Quinn to last years event and plan on attending this year as well. The demographics are changing here. There are lots of young families and its becoming less transient people are staying and raising their families here. Last year we just heard about it and went, but I knew everyone there. It was a nice social event to catch up with everyone and have the kids play together.

Along with the train, this years event will have roving Shrek, SpongeBob, Stitch and Scooby Doo look-a-like characters on hand, an instrument petting zoo, an art tent, bouncy castles, and an bike obstacle course. There will also be a 8-foot-tall balloon sculpting clown named Bananas. We did it last year and it was fantastic, not one crying child, said Robert Wagner, owner of Slippery Slope Productions, who is bringing the characters. Local high school performer Sean Pack will perform a song called Great Imagination a few times throughout the day. The song is part of a childrens show called Timothy and the Time Machine that Wagner has been working on, he said.Four local teenagers Bryan Matthews, Troy Harris, Tanner Harris and Hayley Beard make up the local band called Too Young to Know. The band will perform throughout the day on Saturday. Arts & Entertainment Writer Caramie Schnell can be reached at 748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.


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