Eager anticipation: Barbara, Bethany, Leah and Missy Baumgartner of New Palestine enjoyed a girls' night out Friday at the Riley Festival, where they tried their hand in the ping pong ball toss but just missed landing a ball into a cup. (Maribeth Vaughn / Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — Kids reigned at a warm, packed Riley Festival Friday night.
Maybe it was the thrill of the bounce houses and prizes. Or it could have something to do with the excitement of the start of fall break. From wide-eyed infants to preteens almost too big for the carnival games, kids were having a blast everywhere at the community event honoring the poet who loved children.
“It’s a lot of exciting things – it’s just a lot of fun,” said Mary Nosek, 9, who was experiencing the festival for the first time and having a hard time nailing down what was the best part.