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Annual Children’s Festival Kicks Off

Children's FestivalJACKSONVILLE, Ore. — This weekend, Southern Oregon’s youngsters, and those who are young at heart, will get a chance to learn, explore and have fun at the Annual Children’s Festival.

Set-up for the three-day event began Friday at the Britt Gardens in Jacksonville. The first guests can start enjoying the activities on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

The trash-eating dragons are usually one of the biggest draws. Named Rosabelle and Pebbles, the talking receptacles will have a new counterpart this year.

“It has yet to be decided on the name and we will have three names and the kids will have an active role in trying to decide what the new dragon’s name will be,” said Children’s Festival Co-Director Maggie Donovan.

The new dragon will be smaller, and for recyclable items only. The children’s festival is put together by the Storytelling Guild of Jackson County. It runs Saturday and Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.