Saturday, December 31, 2016


September dedication honoring Pat Blair, Artist
And Advisor of The Children's Festival. 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016



Karin was selected by her peers to serve this second term because of her extraordinary dedication to the Storytelling Guild and The Children's Festival.  Karin served as Queen in 2003 as well.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


An amazing collection of memorabilia was pulled together for an Exhibit and reception that was held on June 24, 25, 26, & 27th.

A Celebration Committee was formed for this event prior to the 50th Annual Children's Festival.

 Queen Karen Dailey presided over the reception and greeted invitees. 
Over100 invited guests were in attendance. All of whom have worked over the years to make the Children's Festival a wonderfully special event.

Four of my six grandchildren came to see the exhibit.  
They have all volunteered during past festivals and attended every year when they were younger. 
All six have participated.  It's such a joy to me to see how much they love the festival!  This year two were in Europe or they would also have been here for this occasion!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Pat Blair has illustrated all
50 Years Of Children's Festival!

Although the the first few years did not have Fred The Litter Critter, dragons played an important role in the early years of Children's Festival.  In 1969 the theme was "Medieval  Faire" and we know that during medieval times dragons were believed to exhist.  My first attempt at dragons was to construct a 7 foot tall, nine foot long dragon of papier maché.   And the following year when we made the theme A Reniassance Faire, of course we wanted a dragon.  I designed a 9 ft tall, 12 ft long dragon which would be a litter eating dragon to assist us in keeping litter picked up.  We wanted dragon to be attractive and friendly to children.  I approached Dick Walsh, Administrator of Oregon College Of Art
Which was located in Medford and that time.  Mr. Walsh took my design and he and his students at the College of Art constructed the dragon shape with a wood and chicken wire armature and shaped it with papier-mâché.  It was fitted, with a mouth that had a spring operated closing.  A tongue on and  attached to the lower lip/jaw opened when pulled downward.  Litter was then dropped down a chute as the mouth closed.  The dragon had a speaker system that allowed an operator housed a distance away from the dragon to speak to the child feeding the drag  and would thank them for the "yummy food" and ask for more.  
The Festival Director at that time was Jeannette Paulson.  She and the Storytelling Guild created a dragon naming contest.  Children were encourage to submit a name for their Children's Festival Dragon that was mounted on a two wheel boat trailer.  The children who won the naming contest were  Jim, Bill & Patti Moore,  Children of Ann and Tam Moore.  "Fred The Litter Critter" was an immediate hit and Britt Gardens was immediately clean and clear of litter as children picked even the smallest bits of litter to feed to Fred!

Once Fred was in place we began using Fred as the mascot and logo and my almost 50 years of Dragons career was launched.

Costuming and/or props have always been an important part of my dragons. Conveying a message as to where the dragon is and what is actually going to happen is a good rule to remember when working with children. They love knowing what is going to occur! I think that is a part of giving children the security they need. My dragon always lets the child know what is going to happen in some form or another whether it is with a balloon, a costume, a hat or some other recognizable thing. Children "get it" when sometimes adults haven't a clue as to why a dragon would be dancing with a balloon in hand or floating away in a hot air balloon! Children accept the dragon's antics as natural and allow these things to happen! A child would say: "Of course a dragon can do anything . . . just like me!"

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Jeannette Paulson  

Jeannette Paulson, one of several women who alternated sharing stories and picture books in the Medford Public Library every Wednesday came up with an idea to present a concert of
Children's stories at Britt Gardens in Jacksonville.  Her idea was well received by the other
Storytellers.   Jeannette, acting as the catalyst for the project recruited a storyteller, a puppeteer, a playlet, a fundraiser, and a ticket-seller (all of whom were in that library group of storytellers!).   She was energetic, tireless  and did not accept no as an answer.  Children across these many years have benefitted because of Jeannette's desire to give something special to our children in the Rogue Valley!  Jeannette now lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Lois Cousineau

Lois Cousineau, a pre-school teacher, was also a catalyst for the group.  Lois,  also energetic and tireless, used her early childhood education background to develop a model for the scope of programs for children.  Her first presentation was a storytelling with large cut outs for "Three Billy Goats Gruff".  The artwork for her presentation was done by a local artist, Pat  Blair.  Lois' energy was contagious and because she knew it could be done, a person could just not say no.
Lois now lives in Sunriver, Oregon.

Sue Bates
Storyteller Sue Bates was fully involved for that one day event!  She and her children helped to set up equipment, bales of straw, swept the platform in preparation for the play, raked the grass, cleared the paper cups and rubble left over from the just completed music festival, hauled away trash,  and after all was ready sold tickets at $ .25 cents for adults.  (Children were admitted free!)  Sue Bates passed away in 2013.

Gail Caperna
 Gail Caperna, a storyteller/puppeteer, presented a marionette show for the first event.
She and two of her children continued to present puppet shows until it was time for a new
Puppeteer to take over.  Gail recruited and trained that puppeteer who was her Grandson!
Gail Caperna passed away in 2012.

Jody Pfiefer

Jody Pfiefer was active in AAUW (American Association of University Women) and as story time member of the group acted as a liaison to get sponsorship funding and moral support 
from that group.  The $50.00 solicited by Jodi that first year along with the ticket sales created the first annual budget that allowed the Children's Festival to launch the second
Children's Festival.  Jody still lives in Medford.

Monday, May 9, 2016


Storytelling Guild presented an Exhibit/Reception of the Artwork Created by Pat Blair over the past 50 years depicting Fred The Litter Critter and the themes  of Festivals from all 50 years.  

The Exhibit was shown at The Rogue Gallery and Art
Center, 40 South Bartlett Street in Downtown
Medfor for three days.  The Exhibit opened June 24th.
A special reception was held for well over invited guests attending.   The exhibit continued June 25, 26, and 27th.  When the general public was invited.

Committee Members: 
Kaylie McKee, Mary Patridge, Karin Dailey, Annie Michels, Cecile McKee, Bonnie Hall and Pat Blair

Children's Festival
Dates are July 9, 10, & 11th and for the 50fh time was held in Britt Park in Jacksonville, Oregon

Teresa Stumpenhaus , Co-Director for the second time around. 

Hollie Arnold, First experience as Co-Director


Queen Mary Patridge

Saturday, May 9, 2015


The Once again Lona Dillard and Lara Knackstedt have challenged all who love the Children's Festival to Step forward in a united effort to overcome unexpected issues that create barriers that must be 
cleared before the path to the 49th festival is cleared.

Negotiations and Resolving complaints, properties issues and calendar scheduling were resolved and now, with Children's Festival Heroes United, the children of our Rogue Valley are once again the
Winners because of these SUPER HEROES!


Friday, June 20, 2014

Children's Festival T-Shirt Designs, 1982 to 2014

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