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Thousands Pack Bergfeld Park For Kids Day Celebration

All across the nation Saturday, the country celebrated its youngest citizens: Kids!
As part of National Kids Day hundreds jumped, bounced and ran to the fun at Bergfeld Park in Tyler.
"Anytime you can take part of your day and spend it with kids it's a good success," said Boys and Girls Clubs Executive Director Robbie Slocum, one of the event's organizers.
Some very little people were the big honorees.
"Our big emphasis is just paying attention to the kids," Robbie said. "We get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, sometimes you just have to stop what you are doing and remember the priorities in your life."
"I just think stuff like carnivals are really enjoying," said little Noah Wade.
When asked what he was enjoying the most, Nathan McClella was quick to respond. "My favorite I would have to say would be the sandy candy."
"I kind of like the climbing wall," said Sophia Wade. "It was just really fun because you can climb a mountain when you aren't anywhere near one."
There was even the chance to play ball with some of the UT Tyler Patriots.
"I have a little brother and sister and it feels like all these kids are my little brother and sister that I get to hang out with," said left-fielder Clae Copeland.
Even parents felt like a kid again.
"We're having a blast. My kids are excited about the jump thing. They are excited to be jumping. They're having a blast," said Nicholas McGrue.
The fun was made easier for parents and the kids by knowing they were some place safe. For future protection of that safety, picture ID's were made of the kids.
The event could best be summed up by Noah Wade who said some nice people put this on for kids like him.
"It's really good so they should get a really big award," he said.
This was the fourth year for the event. It's been such a success, organizers said they can't wait to do it all again next year.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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