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Color Bangor to debut Children's Color Zone

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BANGOR The second annual Color Bangor fun run/walk to benefit the American Folk Festival will feature an area designed specifically for the enjoyment of kids. The Children's Color Zone is an activity area for youth aged 4-12 years old, sponsored by Playland Adventures.

'Color Bangor is a unique color fun-run with games and activities you won't find at other similar events,' said Heather McCarthy, executive director for the American Folk Festival. 'With the addition of the Children's Color Zone, it adds to both the uniqueness of this event, as well as the fun, all while supporting the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront.'

The Children's Color Zone will feature a Color Crawl, where kids crawl through color underneath a number of arches, a Color Toss, a Tire Run and more kids-themed activities.

Children can still take part in the actual color fun run. Children aged 4-12 who register for the Color Bangor 5K will also receive admission to the Children's Color Zone. For children who will only be using the Children's Color Zone and not participating in the fun-run, the cost is just $5.

'Just like the American Folk Festival itself, we are all about being a family-friendly event,' said McCarthy. 'Overall, this year's event will be bigger and better than last year, largely based on feedback we heard from the more than 1,700 people who joined us in the first year. The Children's Color Zone is one of the improvements we are making for this year, and we're very excited about it.'

While participants can register up until the day of the event, the opportunity to take advantage of regular pricing will expire on April 30. Those who register before the end of the month can do so for $40 per adult or $25 per child under 12. Teams may be formed for a charge of $33 per person, and children aged 3 and under are admitted free. After May 1, pricing for all adults will increase to $50.

'We are once again seeing a tremendous response for Color Bangor,' said McCarthy. 'This event directly supports the American Folk Festival, and people are excited that they can participate in such a fun activity while supporting a great festival here in Eastern Maine.'

Color Bangor will once again use a route that will incorporate the Bangor Waterfront. Participants will start the route wearing a white Color Bangor T-shirt. At each kilometer mark, a variety of colors will be launched onto runners, resulting in a colorful display on the runners' shirts and themselves as they cross the finish line. The "colors" are non-toxic colored corn starch, FDA approved and perfectly healthy to use in this manner.

Register for Color Bangor at or by calling the American Folk Festival office at 262-7765. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Color Bangor will raise money for the American Folk Festival, which takes place every August on the Bangor Waterfront.

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