by Laura Kocum
on Friday, July 13th, 2018 at 8:27am.
There is a party planned on Saturday, and all are invited. With live music, fun and games, the 3rd Annual West Fest promises to be a fun way to spend the day. West Fest is designed to celebrate diversity and build community. Elver Park offers the perfect venue. The park offers beautiful nature trails, a variety of sports options, an indoor shelter, playgrounds, and, of course, a splash pad, which will be key in keeping things cool.
With community-building in mind, the event planners have created a long list of contests and activities to include all ages. Events include a Father/Son basketball tournament, lots of free carnival games for kids, a bouncy house and live music and entertainment. Seniors are encouraged to come out for BINGO (with prizes).
West Fest kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with the Opening Ceremonies (Good Shepherd Lutheran Church has a march planned beforehand). Then, the party runs from Noon to 6 p.m. The main stage area will include jugglers, dancers and a wide range of music performances. Food carts will offer refreshments, community tents will help introduce visitors to the variety of businesses and services on the west side of town, and a celebrity dunk tank is sure to delight kids and teens alike.
The event planners used their creativity to make West Fest a well-rounded event. Contests include ice-cream eating, tug of war, history knowledge and free-throw shooting. The main goal is inter-generational fun, with opportunities to celebrate diversity and family. Head out this weekend, enjoy the diversity that helps define Madison, and connect with friends and neighbors along the way. West Fest offers something for everyone!