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Family fun will remain cornerstone of Mum Festival

Mum Festival Carnival 2013 Photo (c) Minna Reid

Mum Festival Carnival 2013 Photo (c) Minna Reid

The re-engineered 2016 Mum Festival, sponsored by Radio 104.1, has added numerous attractions to appeal to all ages.

The festival has added more than 20 hours of live music, food trucks and an adult beverage garden.

However, children’s programs and family entertainment will remain cornerstones of the festival.

“We understand how important family fun is for the Festival and its history,” said Festival Chair Mark Walerysiak Jr. “We’ve added to the overall festivities, but the event’s bread and butter is really in providing an unforgettable day for families and to put smiles on kids’ faces. That’s our focus and our tremendous children’s programming team really went above and beyond to make sure that happens Mum weekend.”

The Mum Squad’s children’s programming team is co-chaired by Karl Tack, Jason Fields and Paul Berard, who spearheaded this year’s programs and additions. The Fest will feature incredible children’s fun across its four days.

The opening nights — Thursday and Friday the 22nd and 23rd from 5 to 9 p.m. — will feature a carnival with rides, games, and food trucks along with live music entertainment.

The family fun ratchets up several notches into Mum Fest weekend as Saturday September 24th will feature an explosion of children’s programs including an expanded version of Touch-a-Truck, now rebranded as Touch-a-Vehicle, plus a petting zoo, pony rides, carriage rides, hay rides, pumpkin painting, children’s story telling, STEM mobile, baudy Buccaneer Pirates, face painting, sand art, dunk tank, Home Depot Kids Building, movie characters like Minions and Elsa and Olaf of Disney’s Frozen and more.

Children’s programs are concentrated in the first portion of the day’s noon to 9 p.m. festival hours, so guests are encouraged to come early and stay late.

“We really wanted to push the number of programs and activities this year,” said Karl Tack. “Our philosophy was the more activities for families and kids the more everyone can spend in pure enjoyment of something they would find enjoyable.”

“It’s going to be great,” added Jason Fields. “We’re excited to see all the kids having the times of their lives, taking part in the activities, playing with toys and novelty items. It’s what it’s all about.”

The final day of Mum Fest weekend is Sunday the 25th from noon to 6 p.m. where the family fun culminates in the historic Mum Festival Parade which kicks off at 1:30 p.m., led by UConn’s famous mascot Jonathan the Husky, UConn’s Marching Band, Cheerleaders, UConn Dance Team, and Team Surya, a cultural dance group.

“We think it’s going to be quite the sight,” said Parade Chair Jack Ferraro. “It will be the place to be in Connecticut for families to come and have fun.”

For program times and additional details, visit bristolmumfestival.com or bristolallheart.com.

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