By Robert Nathan

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS Carl Levin Park looked like a circus without any rides Saturday during the third annual Children's Arts Festival.

More than 200 children and adults enjoyed a fun-filled morning with face-painting, arts and crafts and musical acts by the Fancy Prancy Dancers and PBS entertainers the Biscuit Brothers.

"It's all about the children, it's their day," said Michele Jones, one of many parents at the festival, which was a celebration of National Library Week and the Week of the Young Child.

"We are trying to encourage arts and expressions," said Lisa Youngblood, Harker Heights library director. "It's a really good avenue."

The youngsters enjoyed an interactive sing-a-long with the Biscuit Brothers.

"I liked the part where they were singing," said 3-year-old Luke Bulmer.

Luke's mother, Dena Bulmer, said the children enjoyed the musical acts because they were able to get onstage and participate with the musicians.

"It's a nice day, and we wanted to enjoy the different things they offered," said Dena Bulmer who made pinwheels with Luke.

Members of the Harker Heights Citizens Police Academy sold concessions at the festival to raise money for the Police Department.

For Devin McWhorter, 8, the festival was just about having fun. Devin did arts and crafts activities and jumped on the moonwalk.

"I was jumping high!" he said.

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