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Thousands fill Lufkin Convention Center for Great Kid Escape

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Saturday the Lufkin Convention Center was transformed into a kid's dream world, filled with food, a dunking booth, nine bounce houses and even a special celebrity guest.

"This is amazing, Lufkin needed this, this is wonderful," said Christina Graves, Mom.

This is the first year for the Great Kid Escape and officials say they wanted to offer the community a day of fun specifically for children.

"We saw that there was a lot of events for grown-ups to do in the area but there was nothing for kids to do that was just all about them," said Lisa Wells, Live Events Manager, Town Square Media

Officials say about 1,500 people were expected at Saturday's event.

Mother of four Christina Graves says her kids were excited for all the activities but couldn't wait to meet a Disney Channel star.

"I think it's wonderful we were able to get her here and my girls are so excited and my boys won't admit it but they are too," said Graves.

Peyton List plays the role of Emma on the Disney show Jessie, and she couldn't wait to hangout out with kids.

"I'm so excited because wherever I go kids always have such different question and I love to talk to them," said List.

Throughout the day there were various performances by organizations throughout the community.

"I'm excited about getting to be able to perform in front of a big crowd," said Alex Noe.

"Everyone wanted to do something fun for kids and this not your typical event and I think the concept to have the kids do something really fun, I think the community has really embraced it," said Wells.

Making it day children in the community would never forget.

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