AUGUSTA – The Maine Elks Association held a Youthfest for disabled and disadvantaged children at the Augusta Elks Lodge to provide children with special needs a day of fun.

More than 200 children and family members attended the event, many from organizations that support children, including the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, Big Brother Big Sister of Kennebec Valley and the Maine Special Olympics. The children were provided with several hours of entertainment, provided by members of the Maine Elks Association, Massachusetts Elks Association and Maine Emblem clubs.

The children were treated to food, music, games, pony rides, face painting, moon bounce amusements, a soccer shoot, hoop shoot, field games and educational booths.

The Crazy Clownz, Smokey Bear, Sparkey, the Fire Dog, McGruff the Crime Dog, Lewy the Mascot from the Mainiac Hockey Team, as well as the Elks mascot, Elliott the Elk.

Feature entertainers were magician Bob Nixon and children’s performer, Rick Charette. Congressman Michael Michaud visited.

The Youthfest broke all records this year. “The event has surpassed all of our expectations,” said Wayne Cotterly, event chairman. “To see the smiles on the kids’ faces made the effort all worth while.”

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