Roswell celebrates youth with annual citywide festival

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Roswell celebrates youth with annual citywide festival

An upcoming youth event in Roswell hopes to encourage local children to stay fit, be competitive and live health lifestyles.

The city’s annual Frances McGahee Youth Day Celebration kicks off Oct. 8. This year’s theme, “Everybody Plays,” stresses the importance of community involvement in children’s lives, city officials said.

The morning celebration starts off with a 5K road race for local runners. The race starts at 9:45 a.m. and benefits the Friends of the Roswell Parks’ “Play It Forward” program.

Youth events begin at 10 a.m. with a parade from First Baptist Church on Mimosa Boulevard to Roswell Area Park.  Children can then participate in a test of stamina during a Fun Fitness Challenge, which will feature inflatable obstacle courses.

The Smith Plantation will help conclude the festivities with its Fall Farm Days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Local artists will be on site to give historical reenactments of 19th century farm-life. Children can join in on free activities at the plantation with a petting zoo, wagon rides, crafts and farm chores.

The city’s event started in 1950. And in 1951, former Mayor Ford Rucker proclaimed Roswell Youth Day as the second Saturday in October.

Residents can sign up for the 5K road race at www.active.com or contact Susan Silver at 770-817-6670.

Local groups can participate by completing an application or calling the city’s parks and recreation department at 770-641-3705.

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