SMITHVILLE - A crisp, cloudy day was just the right weather to bring families out to enjoy the Children’s Festival at Historical Smithville on Saturday.

“After a week of being stuck inside, it’s a nice event to come out to,” said Cori Palladino, who brought her daughter Natalia, 2, to the festival. Palladino heard about the event through Facebook.

The festival started with “Silly Songs” on the Greene where everyone was invited to sing and dance along to the music.

Several tents lined the Greene, including a tent for ornament making. The ornaments were pre-made and the children used the paints provided to color them in.

One of the most popular places at the event was the face-painting table. More than a dozen people waited in line at any given time during the event. It was the first thing that Imogene Leahey, 3, wanted to do at the festival. She decided to get her face painted as a tiger.

The train and merry-go-round, both of which are permanent features of Smithville, were also very popular at the festival.

Another event at the festival was a zoo, which promised “Fur, Feathers, Scales and Slime.” Macey Heine, 2, rode the merry-go-round with her mom, Denyse Heine, before visiting the zoo. “She wanted to come see the animals,” said Heine.

Other events at the festival included sack races, a bouncy house and a traveling exhibit from the Atlantic City Aquarium.

“The festival is an annual event that we have held for about 10 years,” said Tracy Walsh, innkeeper of the Colonial Inn.

Smithville has an event almost every weekend over the summer. For a list of events, please visit

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