ROMP fest Kid Zone to feature new events

June 10, 2019 | 3:20 am

Updated June 9, 2019 | 4:56 pm

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ROMP Festival returns to Owensboro June 26-29 for it’s 16th year. Held at Yellow Creek Park, the festival brings thousands of spectators to Daviess County annually.

Touted as a “family-festival,” ROMP offers free admission to kids 12 and under and provides an inclusive “Kids Zone” to entertain even the youngest festival goers.

Equipped with daily entertainment and crafts, the Kid Zone will feature new events at this year’s ROMP fest as well as some favorites from previous years.


A songwriters workshop is set to make its debut in the Kid Zone. Children will have the opportunity to write and record their own songs with Rebecca Smith, a nature-based music and movement performer from The Melody Garden.

A variety of crafts, ranging from ribbon wands to rock painting, will give children the perfect opportunity to showcase their creativity.

Appalachian native Gerald Mullins will provide a live banjo demo, and children are invited to build their own banjo using recyclables after the demonstration.

Art the Dude, from Evansville, brings unique high energy while providing harmonica and kazoo lessons. Participants will receive a free instrument after the workshop.

Veteran presenters like The Western Kentucky Raptor Center and 270 Power Yoga are all set to return to the ROMP “Kids Zone” in 2019.

The Western Kentucky Raptor Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey, plans to bring several “feathered friends” as they have during recent years. Both entertaining and educational the WKY Raptor Center continues to be a favorite amongst children year after year.

Embracing the serene surroundings of Yellow Creek Park, 270 Power Yoga will provide basic yoga instruction in a fun setting. Local instructors are set to attend and guide children through the session.

Randy Lanham, another veteran presenter, will provide fiddle lessons within the kids’ area, and hopes to inspire young musicians to consider taking up a fiddle of their own. Lanham currently leads the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday Lessons Program. This scheduled event is on a first come first serve basis as instruments are limited.

Aside from the very best in bluegrass music, ROMP is a great summer outing for locals. Unique interactive musical workshops, local food trucks, craft vendors, and Kentucky Proud products highlight the three-day-long event.

ROMP is the perfect time to camp with the family since the festival offers family-friendly campsites with quiet hours from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

For more information on how to purchase tickets and obtain a daily Kids Zone schedule for 2019, visit


June 10, 2019 | 3:20 am

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