International City Festival to feature expanded ‘Kids Corner’

chwright@macon.comSeptember 25, 2013 

It’s festival time in Warner Robins.

The International City Festival will hold its third consecutive event Saturday. It’s an annual event the city’s Downtown Development Authority throws in celebration of the community and as a way to raise money for Commercial Circle projects.

“We have no direct funding,” said DDA Chairman Ken McCall.

McCall said this year’s festival will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in Commercial Circle. He said there will be something for everyone.

For the shoppers and crafts enthusiasts, there will be about 50 vendors. For the vroom-vroom types, there will be one of stock car driver David Ragan’s cars and the GEICO Air Force motorcycle, which spent the summer touring the nation. For those ready to fly, the Museum of Aviation is again lending its flight simulator.

For the youth, the Houston County Jaycees are running the Kids Corner again. The organization took over the spot last year and expanded it this year.

“It’s a lot of fun (at) a low cost,” said Jaycees President Patti Lewis.

It’s the only part of the festival that requires an entry fee, and the $5 wristband will be good for the whole day. Profits will go to Kids Yule Love, an organization that gives Christmas toys to families in need.

The corner will have inflatable bounce houses, a rock wall, face painting and animal balloons like it had last year. But this year, there will also be a stage with youth groups performing, a mechanical bull and Zippys, motorized stuffed animals that children can ride.

“Apparently, they’re all the rage,” McCall said, adding he didn’t know how much of a rage until his children screamed in anticipation.

McCall said revenue from the festival -- mainly from vendors’ registration fees -- has grown in its first two years. In 2011, net profits were about $4,000. Last year, it was $7,000. This year, they’re hoping to do better.

The city doesn’t give any money to the DDA, so any projects the board would like to do in Commercial Circle must come from money it has generated.

McCall said the board has done a couple small greenspace projects in the last couple years, but none of the bigger projects.

“The projects that we would really like to do are costly, and we’re kind of working toward them,” he said.

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