What is ClydeFEST? We’re glad you asked.
ClydeFEST is the Chatham Arts Council’s annual old-school kids’ carnival that celebrates local folk artist (AKA “critter artist”), Clyde Jones, and his creative and colorful wooden creatures. Families have been going to ClydeFEST year after year, and it never gets old. Many of the hands-on arts and crafts projects and cool games are for elementary-aged kids and keep them smiling and engaged throughout the festival. From face painting, bubbles, and hula hoops to arts and craft projects and good old-fashioned carnival games, ClydeFEST has an activity for all ages.
We’ve been hosting ClydeFEST at the old Bynum Ball Park for years and it’s been the perfect spot to allow kids to run around (safely) while adults sample the offerings of the food trucks, peruse the information booths hosted by local organizations, or enjoy the live performances. Previous ClydeFEST events have boasted acts by local musicians and talented kids, including Tommy Edwards, Sisters Voices, Chatham Rabbits, Clapping Hands Farm Ukulele Band, Bouncing Bulldogs (yes, the jump rope masters!), and Takiri Folklorico Dancers (South American style).
This event brings out nearly 2,000 kids and kids-at-heart, all who are eager to see Clyde bring out his chainsaw and carve up a cedar “critter” cutout for auction.
Ticket prices vary per age, but they won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
The 18th annual ClydeFEST takes place April 25. We hope to see ya in the spring!