Three-year-old Jordyn Middleton received a free book, fished in a duck pond and got a purple princess facepaint drawing all in her first year at the city’s birthday party in downtown Logansport.
Logan’s Landing has hosted the bash, Celebrate Logansport, for 10 years, taking over the Farmer’s Market at the corner of Fourth and Markets streets. But this year, the community event had more of a kid focus than in the past.
“The kids are out of school and it gives them something fun to do,” said Sandi Korreckt, vice president of Logan’s Landing.
Middleton came with her great-aunt Diana Heathcote, who’s visited the event three years running. This was Heathcote’s first time partaking in the kids’ events portion of the one-day festival.
During Thursday’s lunch hours, city officials served strawberry shortcake and birthday to the hundreds of people who came to the festival.
Among them was Chris Armstrong, Logansport community development director.
“My favorite thing are the strawberries,” said Armstrong, who has helped at the event for three years.
Co-chairs Korreckt and Judy Lewis expected an even higher turnout of visitors than last year, mainly due to the fact of the strawberry shortcake running out with about 30 minutes left last year. This year, Korreckt said they sold 577 tickets, with 220 as pre-orders from local businesses and other residents.
The Cass County Arts Alliance had an art table as one of the newest activities at the celebration. Alliance members Kris Cover and Shelia Wildermuth borrowed an idea from Pinterest — painting with celery stalks and strawberries. They weren’t sure how the art project would go at first, but it quickly became a favorite activity.
“We want to promote art into the community and this is just one way that we can do that,” Wildermuth said. “Our big thing is working with kids, and we like to get it out to the schools and be an advocate for the arts.”