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Snowmagical festival for kids of all ages

For the 24th year, Snowmass Village welcomes back its annual family festival this weekend, offering magic, music and merriment for kids of all ages.

“Originally it was called a children’s festival, but we changed the name to the Snowmagical Family Fun Fest because for years we’ve striven to present talent to tickle the funny bone of all ages,” said event organizer Doc Eason, an award-winning magician. “When I say ‘family,’ I don’t mean there’s just a bunch of clowns running around for little kiddies. These are multilevel entertainers and performances that will appeal to the biggest and littlest kid in every family. It’s outstanding family entertainment in a beautiful resort at a great time of year to head to the mountains.”

Snowmagical begins today with barbecues on the mall and a free showing of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder at dusk. Saturday and Sunday, the Snowmass Village Mall hosts performances, workshops and demonstrations.

Renowned Disney performer John Ekin, who appeared at the White House on July 4, headlines the event with magic and comedy routines. Award-winning folk singer Kathleen Gibson will also perform on the main stage.

Additional acts include ventriloquist Wayne Francis on the Blue Lagoon stage, magician Shawn McMaster, life-size puppets, Sara the Safetysaurus and a host of Front Range performers. Master clown Jim Jackson, a veteran Funfest performer who appeared at the first event 24 years ago, returns to entertain crowds with his one-man firehouse circus.

The Rocky Mountain Martial Arts Academy will offer a free introductory class on soo bak do, a martial arts form that integrates the mind, body and spirit while developing self-discipline and respect. Along with mountain bike and safety demonstrations, juggling and magic workshops are available.

Families can attend a dine-around Saturday at area restaurants, while later in the evening parents might hire a sitter so they can go to the All-Star Magic Cabaret at 9 p.m. at La Provence. Baby-sitting services are available by calling (800) SNOWMASS.

On Sunday, performers such as 11-year-old yo-yo wizard Max Harrington, singers, storytellers, face painters, street balloonists and magicians return to the mall to round out the annual event.

For more information, visit http://www.snowmassvillage.com or call (800) SNOWMASS.


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