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Kid Fest 2020 has been canceled


The current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has led to the cancellation of countless community events throughout the state of Missouri scheduled for this summer.

The latest victim is Kid Fest: Coming Together in Love 2020, which was scheduled to be the 10th annual event in Mountain Grove.

Plans are for the event to come back in 2021.

“It was decided that with the uncertainty and risk in the coronavirus pandemic that was declared in the United States earlier this year, that it would not be possible to safely bring together hundreds of people for fun and food,” said team member Rita Foster. “Texas and Wright Counties have always been so supportive of this event and our appreciation goes out to the festival goers and especially the booth providers.”

Foster said the event began with 13 booths at the ball field with a concessions stand in Mountain Grove on a. Hot day in August 2011.

The team consisted of six area pastors along with Christos House Outreach Advocate, Rita Foster. There were around 250 attendees.

“Over the last 10 years, the team has completely changed and the venue expanded to the fairgrounds to accommodate the hundreds of families who have supported this event. We continue to keep going year after year because Kid Fest is fun and free and everyone comes together in love to enjoy the bond we have all created to reward the area families. These last few months have been a strain for families with stay-at-home orders, but we hope that relationships have been made stronger and lives have changed in positive ways. We pray for the good things we once had to resume and improvements in every way to be made for enriching family and community life wherever possible. Any obstacle we may have can fade away as we come together in love.”

The Kid Fest: Coming Together in Love team includes Rita and John Foster; Karla Norman, Janean Miller; Justin Long; and the sponsor, Sweetwater Network, Inc.

“Have a safe summer,” Rita Foster said. “See you in 2021.”


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