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'Heroes Unite' at Jacksonville's Children's Festival

JACKSONVILLE — A mob of superheroes and fantasy characters will be the stars of this year's Children's Festival at the Britt Festivals Pavilion.

Not the likes of Superman or Gandalf, though. Actually, these superhumans don't have to fly or teleport very far at all. The 49th annual festival's theme, "Heroes Unite," will feature a variety of what festival officials are calling "real-life" heroes, or people working careers that "teach, help, defend, and protect them every day," according to a news release on the event.

The event, sponsored by the Storytelling Guild of Jackson County, will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12, and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 13, at the Britt Festivals grounds in Jacksonville. Admission is $3 per person. 

Each day at the festival will feature different career groups, whose members will discuss their jobs and take questions before helping with a themed craft project or activity.

Saturday will feature "The Justice League" — police, public defenders and judges — from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. The "Rescue Heroes" — doctors, nurses, firefighters and paramedics — will be available to meet Sunday during the same times. The event will conclude Monday with "Word Wizards" — teachers, librarians and journalists.

The event's main features are 35 arts and craft projects, including candle making, pottery, wood working, sand and easel art, and face painting. Stage performances and food from the Dragon Deli will also be included at the event. 

For more information, visit www.jcls.org or contact Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-8679. 

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.