NEW CASTLE — Arts, crafts and entertainment were the themes of a Friday festival on the North Hill.
The Hoyt Center for the Arts held its annual summer youth festival in the facility’s back yard. Hundreds of parents and children spent the afternoon getting creative and enjoying the activities and entertainment.
The festival marks the end of Hoyt’s three-week Summer Art Camp for children, and it went out with a bang.
Bob Presnar, Hoyt program director, said the Hoyt has been holding the festival for a long time, and that it’s always exciting to see all those who come out to support it.
“It’s a lot of fun activities for the kids,” he said. “It also introduces them to the organization.”
Presnar said this festival gives people in the community a chance to see what the center is about. It is always open to everyone, not just those directly associated with the Hoyt.
The festival began at noon and ran until 4. Children enjoyed various kinds of arts and crafts activities, including face painting, tie-dye shirts, paper airplanes, and a collaborative mural.
Living Treasures provided a small petting zoo for children. There were also concessions to keep guests refreshed throughout the afternoon.
Festival regular David Lawrence entertained guests by performing magic tricks.
The New Castle Mini Stars also performed at this year’s festival. Children and adults listened in as they performed songs from popular Disney films such as “Cinderella,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and “The Little Mermaid.”
When the festival wrapped up, the sidewalks were covered with chalk drawings, and kids faces were covered in paint. Another successful summer arts camp and festival had come to a close.
“We always have good programming,” Presnar said. “The big thing is to get people through the doors and familiar with us, and hopefully they’ll like it and come back.”