Mayor hopes CarolinaFest attracts local families and kids

by: Natalie Pasquarella Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - CarolinaFest will take over several uptown streets next week. It's an event Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx hopes will attract local families and kids of all ages.

Foxx gave Eyewitness News an inside look at what to expect during the event.

"We want this convention to be more than a four-day event. We want it to be something that lasts forever," Foxx said.

Foxx hopes the convention and CarolinaFest will leave a lasting impression on the Queen City.

Foxx explained Monday to Eyewitness News how the Labor Day festival will engage adults and children.

"We've got sustainability projects. We've got youth engagement and employment projects. We've got healthy family projects, and it's just going to be exciting," Foxx said.

A big area for youth involvement will be here in the parking lot across from the Mint Museum. That’s were will be the "Legacy Village. It’s a spot with community activities including interactive games for kids, a Habitat for Humanity home in the works and fitness activities.

The NFL Players Association will hold wellness games for kids during CarolinaFest.

"They'll be some obstacle-course type things. They'll be some competition, which obviously will be fun and healthy, but we're really excited about it," said Hess Hempstead, a former NFL player and member of the Players Association.

The layout of CarolinaFest will include Legacy Village, the Youth Legacy Village, the Carolina Stage and a bigger stage at Trade and Tryon, which will host musical acts like James Taylor.

"I think it's awesome. Great place to have it, right here where everybody can come," said Beth Gregory.

Some people Eyewitness News spoke to in Uptown Charlotte were excited to hear of the plans and hope to bring their children and grandchildren, including Chuck Birt from Rock Hill, S.C.

"Bring him with me, and face painting and all that stuff. Does that sound like fun? Yes," Birt said.

Foxx said he hopes all local families take advantage of the festival and everyone will take notice.

"To tell the world, what a great community we have," he said.

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