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Jenni Freytag was drawing her chalk art of a mother and daughter making a sandcastle. Onlookers at Levis Commons said “awesome” and children asked her how she does it.
“You soak chalk in water and just brush,” she said. “(The water) softens it and makes it easier to spread.”
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She was one artist at the fourth annual Sand-Tastic event at Levis Commons in Perrysburg which had loads of children enjoying beach fun in the outdoor mall off State Rt. 25 just south of I-475.
A giant, real-life sandbox, children‘s sensory water tables, bouncy houses, miniature gator rides, and face painting were the most popular children’s activities.
“I liked the water and getting wet,” said 4-year old Tommy Zemaitis. “I want to go back to the bouncy house.”
Sarah Wilson, of the Town Center at Levis, said the outpouring of children and families were more than they expected Friday afternoon. center officials had expected about 10,000 to 15,000 people on Friday and today.
Down the street from some children events were four professional sand sculptors from Ice Creations. Jay Leahy was just starting his shark sculpture. He had about 10 different drawings for the Tiger shark he was working on for a week to help him sculpt.
“There is no other place I would rather be,” he said. “There are lots of family here. The place is packed.”
Mother Amanda Gamby comes every year because of the family quality fun that is free. She said it is nice to have food, shopping, and children entertainment all in one place instead of going somewhere else to get food while at a children‘s event.
Robert Ludden brought his 5-month old Catherine and 1½-year old John from Toledo.
“Most these kids don‘t see sand from being in the urban city,” he said. “It was surprising to see it was all free. We were expecting there to be ticket costs.”
The event runs from noon to 8 p.m. today. There will be live music with Jeff Stewart performing near the fountain from 2 to 4 p.m. and the Steel Drum Band from 6 to 8 p.m.
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