Kids have a ball at AJ's fall festival

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Chris and Zoe Brown build a tool box at the Home Depot station at the kids' fall festival Friday afternoon at AJ's. ANNIE BLANKS/The Destin Log

It was a picture-perfect October afternoon on Friday, and hundreds of kids, who were out of school for a teacher work day and their families came out to the Destin harbor for AJ’s eighth annual Kids’ Fall Festival and Wagon Parade.

Home Depot was on hand with work stations where kids could build tool boxes and boats. There were Lego racetrack stations, a Build-A-Bear station, face painting, a ring toss, a fishing wall and a basketball game.

“We do this really so we can give back to the community and have something fun for the kids to do,” said Rachael Green, a spokeswoman for AJ’s. “We do this every year when the kids are out of school. It’s fun for kids and their parents to do.”

Megan Theodoro brought her kids Conner and Sophia to the festival. They were busy putting together wooden toolboxes at the Home Depot station towards the end of the festival Friday.

“They really wanted to come check this out,” she said. “There’s not a lot of stuff down here at the harbor that kids can be involved in, so this is nice.”

After the festival came the kids’ wagon parade. Five groups of kids decorated wagons in various themes, including political and fish themes.

Kay-ana King and Kendra Ayers, whose “Circus of the Sea” wagon won best overall, said their wagon was inspired by sea life.

“We like all the animals in the sea, so we put them on our wagon,” Ayers said. “We worked really hard on this.”

Judges scored the contestants on creativity, spirit and design.