The 33rd Annual Kinderfest was held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday under sunny weather with rides and entertainment targeted toward younger children in the pre-kindergarten and elementary age groups.
About 12,000 people attended the Upper Marlboro fair and instead of previous years when people may have left early due to poor weather, the sunny day motivated people to stay all day, said Kyle Lowe, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Department of Parks and Recreation park ranger supervisor.
“Working these events is always a pleasure because the kids really enjoy themselves,” Lowe said. “They always leave with big smiles on their faces.”
The event is held each year in Upper Marlboro on the First Sunday of October and features farm exhibits, bounce houses, live music and other events for families, according to the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation website.
The first festival was held in 1981 and served about 3,000 people from the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, according to festival information.