Kinderfest is open to the entire community on Askren Manor and will run from 1 to 5 p.m. April 27. Kinderfest is Schweinfurt's annual hallmark event topping off the month honoring military children.

SCHWEINFURT, Germany (April 15, 2013) -- The annual hallmark event topping off the commemorative month honoring military children happens April 27 beginning at 1 p.m. at Askren Manor.

Kinderfest will continue until 5 p.m. near the School Age Center and the Schweinfurt Elementary School on Askren. The event comes at no charge with food and beverages for sale.

Events and attractions include pony rides, rock climbing, inflatables, cupcake decorating, family activities and many others. A number of agencies will also have static displays and information booths set up for interested parents. The Donny Vox band will headline the event.

One lucky winner will win a vacation voucher for two at the Edelweiss Lodge in Garmisch, plus a weekend car rental from Bavaria BMW. That prize is valued at $1,000. Staff with the AAFES Main Exchange will give away an iPod and iTunes gift cards while the Exchange's bicycle technician will be on hand to provide assistance with children's bikes. Andrew's Federal Credit Union will also offer giveaways.

If attending the event, parents are reminded not to park their vehicles in the commissary parking lot. Parking will be available in the overflow lot behind the commissary and at the Schweinfurt Elementary/Middle School.

April is Month of the Military Child. This year's theme, "Proud, Ready and Resilient," highlights military children's unique lifestyle and their ability to succeed despite frequent relocations, reintegration, deployments, loss and care for a wounded parent.

In the last three years, approximately two million children have witnessed the deployment of one or both parents, according to figures released by the Army. Former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger designated April as the Month of the Military Child in 1986 underscoring the important role children play in the armed forces community.

Below are a complete list of events and attractions and a complete list of participants:

Events and Attractions
• Donny Vox Band
• Military police K-9 demonstrations (at 2 p.m.)
• Jumpy castles
• Climbing Wall
• Pony Rides
• SKIES demonstrations
• Static Displays (Fire Truck and MP patrol car)
• Giveaways
• Cupcake decorating
• FRG food sales
• Garrison offices information booths

• Child, Youth and School Services
• Morale, Welfare and Recreation
• Family Childcare Providers
• Schweinfurt Military Police
• Schweinfurt Fire Department
• Outdoor Recreation Center
• Ledward Chapel
• Alcohol Substance Abuse Program
• Military Life Consultants
• Army Community Service
• SKIES Unlimited
• Bavaria Motor Company
• Andrew's Federal Credit Union
• Directorate of Public Works
• Education and Development Intervention Services (EDIS)
• Schweinfurt Elementary School
• Schweinfurt Middle School
• Unit Family Readiness Groups
• Red Cross
• Ledward Library
• Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS)
• Club Beyond
• Schweinfurt High School Student to Student (S2S)
• Delta Sigma Theta
• AAFES (Main Exchange)
• DeCA (Commissary)
• Education and Development Intervention Services (EDIS)
• 12th Chemical Company
• 7th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade
• 18th Engineer Brigade

Kinderfest is open to the entire community and will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Children must be accompanied by adult supervision at all times. If you would like to volunteer at the event, call the event coordinator, Damon McGibboney, at DSN 354-6974/6430 or 09721-96-6974/6430 or email

Page last updated Mon April 15th, 2013 at 04:17