Rally Comes To “A Salute To Kids” Festival in Los Angeles

On Saturday, November 20th, from 9 am to 4 pm rallyist Stephan Verdier will sign autographs at the 3rd Annual “Children’s Day, A Salute to Kids” event at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA.

ESPN’s X Games is a partner of “A Salute To Kids” and will feature professional skateboarders, BMX riders, and Radio Disney performers. With the success of Rally Car Racing at X Games, Stephan Verdier joins the lineup to feature his X Games 16 Subaru Impreza WRX STI and sign autographs. Verdier began rally racing in 2001 before moving into Drifting in 2006. He later returned to rally competition at X Games 16’s SuperRally event.

The “Children’s Day, A Salute to Kids” was an instant hit, attracting 50,000 people in 2008, for the purpose of bringing opportunities to Fernando Valley youth they might not otherwise know about in conjunction with International Children’s Day.

Children’s Day is celebrated in many countries, but the biggest and grandest celebration is in Turkey, where an International Children’s Day was established in 1935, and to this day, April of every year sees children from all over the world come to Turkey for a week of celebrations and festivities. Many of the events are broadcast on Turkish TV, showing the children in their traditional national clothing as they sing and dance. Then, to cap it off, on April 23rd the seats of Parliament are held by children, and a child even becomes President for the day, delivering a speech on national TV!

In the United States the first proclaimed Children’s Day occurred in 1856 when a pastor in Massachusetts dedicated one Sunday every year to Children. The trend continued in various forms until in 2000 the federal government recognized the importance of celebrating children by proclaiming November 16th as Children’s Day.

This year “A Salute To Kids” will celebrate Inernational Children’s Day on November 20th bringing together:
- sports programs like Little League baseball, soccer, gymnastics, and skateboarding,
- arts such as arts & crafts, dance, music, drama, animation, and singing
- Clubs and community groups like PALS, the LAPD cadets, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and YMCA

Besides the Resource Fair, the festival will have great entertainment:
- ESPN X Games professional skateboarders, BMX bike riders, pictures in Verdier’s car, and Radio Disney performers
- Nickelodeon animation artists, Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants!
- Hip hop dancers, rock bands, and young talent from throughout the Valley

Additional activities include rock climbing, face painting, a carnival, a petting zoo, a police helicopter and LAFD fire trucks.

Hosted by NBC’s Fritz Coleman, there is no admission charge and most of the attractions are free. Park for free or take the Metro to Woodley Station and get a free prize!

The parade starts at 9!

Rain or Shine!

source http://rally-america.com

source http://rally-america.com

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