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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Merchants and Music Committee Focuses on Family This Year

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The Merchants and Music Festival in Fort Thomas is about showcasing the businesses of Fort Thomas and the city that they call home.

To do that, the event has grown with new attractions, more music and bigger festivities.

But while the event centers around music and Fort Thomas' businesses, it's still about the concert goer and ultimately, the family.

Linda Slone is this year's Merchants and Music Chair. She said that every year the committee in charge of the festival attempts to make an addition to the festival and that is especially true in the festival's thirtieth year. She said she believes that a "princess meet and greet" would help bring in the crowds early to get the festival off to a strong start.
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"We knew that we wanted to do add something to the Kids' Zone because that brings in the crowd early," she said. "I saw a picture of the princesses on a friend's Facebook page and knew that this is what would bring in the families early."

Slone said that the Fort Thomas Renaissance Board strives each year to make the festival the best one-day event in Northern Kentucky.

Tracy Davis, a Renaissance Board member, helped head up the kids zone committee.

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"Tracy put together a great day for our kid zone that I think will bring in a families. That's been one of our focuses this year," she said.

Here's a lineup of events for the kids zone this year:

1-2 p.m. - Princesses in Costume Frozen’s Anna and Elsa can’t wait to meet the kids

2-3 p.m. – Madcap Puppets will be joining us for a great performance of Monkey See, Monkey Do

3-4pm – Cool Critters is bringing all kinds of animals to touch, hold, and pet.  (Bearded Dragon anyone?)

3-5 p.m. – Superheros! Captain America, Spider Man and Snow White

4-6 p.m. - Magician and stilt walkers from Cincinnati Circus will be a part of the festivities

"We hope that you'll make plans to join us as festival begins at 1pm with live music running all day from a slate of national touring acts," said Brian Sand, Renaissance Board Chair.  "We looking forward to seeing everyone at this years’ festival on Saturday, September 24th."  

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