Stuarts Draft is prepared for a sweet weekend. The 16th annual Sweet Dreams Festival will return on Saturday.

The nonprofit event will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Stuarts Draft Park, 96 Edgewood Lane. The festival is family-friendly and free. Contest will include fudge round eating and photos. Throughout the day a craft tent will be set up, as well as a rock climbing wall, laser tag, inflatables, live musical entertainment, bingo, a trackless train, Hershey characters and more.

In addition to events all day, the 5K race will be held at 7:30 a.m. and cornhole tournaments at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The festival is put on by nonprofit Sweet Dreams Incorporated and supported by Augusta County Parks and Recreation.

“They always plan it with the family in mind,” Andy Wells, director of Augusta County Parks and Recreation, said. “They spend a lot of time focusing on having activities for youngsters — assuming that adults will have a good time as well enjoying seeing the youth participate.”

This is the second time the festival has been held earlier in the year. It used to be held in July before the heat inspired the move. Wells said the weather looks ideal for Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to another great festival,” he said. “It’s been something that historically people have attended and have almost made it a common practice to come out.”

Wells’ favorite part of the Sweet Dreams Festival is the intergenerational fellowship and socializing.

“[I like] seeing many different ages from all walks of life,” he said. “The festival attracts all kinds of folks. That’s always very satisfying: to see the park being used and see people coming together. There’s always lots of noise — whether it be the music or if it’s from children, the byproduct of joy.”

Wells also hoped people would take some time and learn about the organizations in the community that set up booths at the event.

For a complete schedule of events and more information, visit sweetdreamsday.com.

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