Children entertained at Rumble in the Gums

April 05, 2017

Cuddle time: Tocumwal's Summer Parker gets up close and personal with a lamb at the Animals2U petting zoo.

Choo choo: Youngsters take a ride on the Moira Miniature Rail train.

Great time: Carci Bentley, Isabella Bentley, Charlee Walker and Jessica Slatterie take a ride on the Moira Miniature Rail train.

All smiles: youngsters enjoy a train ride.

Musical entertainment: Local band The Delirious delighted attendees with popular tunes.

Soaring: Local youth practice tricks at the skate park.

Youngsters had plenty to entertain them on Sunday as the annual Rumble in the Gums festival kicked off in Cobram.

Run as part of National Youth Week, the festival encourages young people to get involved.

This year there was skateboarding workshops by OwnLife, stallholders, inflatable laser tag, food, the Transport Accident Commission’s road safety Vanessa bus, live music and more.

Co-ordinator Hollie Barnes said the event had a fantastic turnout.

‘‘National Youth Week is a great way to encourage and involve youth in the community,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s been such a great day, probably one of the best yet.

‘‘The skateboarding workshops were fantastic and the crowd has really gotten involved, and it’s fantastic to see so many people here.’’

Ms Barnes said the event, now in its third year, had something for everyone, with the petting zoo, trains and laser tag big hits with attendees.

Animals2U petting zoo delighted people, with owner Jason Peters saying it was a great day with plenty of people through.

‘‘Lots of people have been stopping by for a pat. The pony has been really popular,’’ he said.

‘‘Our pig has had a few pats as well.’’

The Moira Miniature Rail train had many young people eager to take a ride and volunteers said they’d had more than 350 people on board during the day, with the youngest rider only nine weeks old.

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