Sisters Folk Festival presents the first annual KidZone at Fir Street Park!
Saturday, October 1 • 10 AM to 6 PM • FREE
The SFF KidZone celebrates community, connecting through creativity and features fun, interactive crafts, face painting and live performances for kids of all ages! Performers on this year’s lineup include Fode Sylla, Dennis McGregor, Juice Box and the Sisters Middle School Strings Club.
On Saturday, October 1 from 10 AM to 6 PM, supplies and guidance will be provided for folks to create keepsake suncatchers, ribbon wands and buttons. Kids 12 and under can decorate their very own unique SFF KidZone t-shirt featuring Anders the Antelope from the 2022 Dennis McGregor poster design. Visitors will also have the opportunity to display their hopes and dreams on Ye Olde Wishing Tree.
The good folks from the National Forest Service will have an informational booth with Smokey Bear freebies. Learn about Fire/Fuels/Prevention and general forest information.
The young and young at heart are all encouraged to participate in this special family opportunity! It only happens on Saturday of the festival and is free of charge. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult; the KidZone is not a drop off childcare service.
SFF KidZone T-shirt Giveaway
Free youth sized t-shirts will be given away to the first 200 kids 12 and under (one per child; must be present). Our KidZone volunteers will have fabric markers available for your children to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces
KidZone Performance Schedule
Saturday, Oct. 1
10:00 to 10:30 AM – Fode Sylla
10:45 to 11:15 AM – Dennis McGregor
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM – Juice Box
1:00 to 1:30 PM – SMS Strings Club
2:00 to 2:30 PM – Fode Sylla
Juice Box – Songs in the Key of Sleep
Juice Box (n.) 1. A small box containing delicious liquid fruit. Typically accompanied by a straw; 2. A small band containing delicious tunes and tall tales. Typically unaccompanied by straws.
Juice Box (the band) sings about important things like turtles, peanut butter, hair ties, hiccups, unicorns, bedtime, talking trees and YOU. Come sing along, wiggle and bring your own straw.
SMS Strings Club
SMS Strings club is now in its second year at Sisters Middle School! The continuing fiddle contingent has been playing since last November and in that time, they have learned old time American tunes as well as tunes from Scotland, Quebec and Scandinavia. In the last year, the fiddle club has performed at the Sisters High School, raided City Hall, serenaded PCT hikers and busked for ice cream. They are moving ever closer to their goal of Fiddle World Domination. The SMS String Club is led by teachers Melissa Stolasz (fiddle) and Steven Livingston (guitar).
Bend resident Fode Sylla is a dynamic acrobat, drummer, dancer and performance artist from Conakry, Guinea. He specializes in traditional West African drum and dance and is a master of West African rhythms, having performed with the nationally-renowned Ballet Mervielle de Guinea. Fode teaches drumming, dance and acrobatics to students of all ages and skill levels and brings rhythms and fun to every interactive performance.
Sisters local Dennis McGregor is perhaps best known to the SFF crowd for his amazing festival poster images. Dennis is also a talented songwriter and performer and author of two illustrated kids books. Combining those talents, Dennis has performed a musical presentation of “You Stole My Name!” to young audiences around the area since the first book’s release. McGregor’s illustrations and theories of how some animals got their names makes for a uniquely entertaining experience!