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An Emmy-award winning marionette named Simon and a few of his friends visited campus March 10 to help announce that the 12th Annual Kids Fundango Festival will be held at Virginia Wesleyan College on October 22. The Fundango Festival is one of the key fundraisers for Stop Abuse, a renowned child sexual abuse prevention organization founded by Spectrum Puppets’ Executive Director, Regina Marscheider. Through its research-based Emmy award-winning marionette program, “Simon Says, ‘Just Tell,’” Stop Abuse helps children learn to recognize, prevent and disclose abuse in a safe environment. The Fundango Festival has been called the “#1 Family Festival in Virginia Beach,” drawing crowds of up to 5,000 each year for activities and entertainment including Spectrum Puppets, sports clinics, music, dance, cultural performances, arts, craft workshops, aerialists, face-painting, balloon artists, bounce houses, and more. More details and ticket information coming soon.