RIDGELAND – KidFest! Ridgeland, presented by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, promises to deliver more fun and flexibility than ever before with new attractions and the return of some crowd favorites for four fun-filled days this year.

The City of Ridgeland Department of Recreation & Parks and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi will host KidFest! Ridgeland for four days over two weekends (April 8-9 and April 14-15). As always KidFest! Ridgeland will feature a variety of shows, interactive activities and lots of other attractions which are all included in the price of admission.

Zoppé, an Italian Family Circus starring Nino the clown, the Zoppé circus is propelled by a central story that features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation.

Giovanni Zoppé, the sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino, says the show aims higher than most circuses these days.

"We try to touch every emotion during the show," he says. "They'll laugh, they'll cry and they'll feel for our characters. It's more of an event than a show." Don’t miss America’s favorite family circus.

Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy will make an appearance this year.

Best described as a show without boundaries, Hilby is living proof that being German doesn’t mean you can’t be funny. He really gets his audience involved and creates magical and hilarious moments through their participation. Watch out for catapults, marshmallows, lots of Velcro and the bowling-ball of terror. Appearing April 14-15 only.

A crowd favorite returns for 2017, Skin & Bones Comedy Circus.

A unique presentation of trained dogs and potbellied pigs whose human friends present a very entertaining kid-tested, parent-approved show of comedy and fun. Appearing both weekends.

The Fearless Flores Family, will return Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9 with their daredevil motorcycle stunts in the Globe of Death that impressed the judges and America on NBC TV’s hit show, America’s Got Talent.

Backyard Circus – An old-fashioned backyard circus where as many as 30 children from the audience have the opportunity to dress up and be the circus performers. The show includes a lion tamer, strongman, butterfly ballerinas and Wanda, the tightrope walker. During the grand finale one lucky kid is shot out of a cannon, not a real cannon, but it is a great ending to the “World’s Greatest Backyard Circus.” Appearing both weekends.

The City of Ridgeland’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held during KidFest! Ridgeland on Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15.

Check the schedule online at www.kidfestridgeland.com for hunt times.

 Children and adult festival guests will have the opportunity to dress up as frogs, fish, mushrooms or rainbow twirlers and be the featured performers for The Nylon Zoo. Following a trip to The Nylon Zoo, take a ride on the carousel, a train or a carnival ride.

The Temporary Tattoo booth is always a festival favorite, as children get their faces, arms and legs decorated with festival designs.

For boys and girls of all ages Touch-A-Truck will have the opportunity to be up close and personal with large trucks and equipment provided by the Ridgeland Department of Recreation & Parks.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. on April 8, 14 & 15 and at noon on Sunday, April 9. The festival closes at 6:30 p.m. each day. Admission is $12 at the gate, but coupons for $2/guest savings off the regular admission price are available at www.kidfestridgeland.com.

All performances, activities and attractions are included in the admission price.

 For children younger than two, admission is free.

KidFest! Ridgeland has been named a Family Favorite by Parents & Kids Magazine and was recently named “Top Twenty Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society.

For more information on KidFest! Ridgeland, see www.kidfestridgeland.com or contact the Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department at 601-853-2011.