CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two balloons -- one gold and one pink -- sat on top of 5-year-old Hannah Nutter's red hair as she colored a butterfly mask at the Children's Art Fair Saturday.
The balloons flowed down her back to resemble hair like Rapunzel, a look the Summersville resident said she requested from a balloon maker.
Thousands of people gathered across the city to enjoy the last weekend of the sixth annual FestivALL.
The Children's Art Fair and Kanawha County Public Library Street Fair-- hosted on Capitol Street in front of the Kanawha Public Library -- featured activities kids of all ages could enjoy, said Karen Villanueva-Matkovich, as her nephew Nicholas Fultz, 5, of Beckley, got a temporary panther tattoo.
"The activities are good for children because it gives them something neat and different to do and they're also learning," Villanueva-Matkovich said. "We thought we'd only be here for an hour but we've been here much longer because they're so interested."
Young children formed sand castles in baby pools full of sand while others drew pictures outside the library with sidewalk chalk.
The sounds of laughter and applause filled the air as entertainer Glenn Singer performed his circus horse act in costume.
A.J. Pope, 11, said Singer's show "was really awesome" and his favorite feature of the fair.
Pope sold piggy banks and visors under the Make & Take Artisans tent that children at the Second Avenue After School Program had painted. Saturday's proceeds benefit children in the after school program, said leader Linda Ealy.
Ealy said Pope learned how to interact with others -- and good selling techniques -- as he asked passersby if they would like to purchase a scribbled-on piggy bank.
"The Children's Fair is a wonderful way to include children and the whole FestivALL experience," Ealy said.
Separated by Quarrier Street, Children's Fair visitors walked right up to the Capitol Street Art Fair. More than 60 artists -- selling art ranging from woven baskets to pottery to custom crafted ink pens and hand-dyed t-shirts -- sat under tents showing off their work.
The Capitol Street Art Fair had something for everybody, said Pat Trujillo who traveled from Morgantown with her husband for their first FestivALL experience.
Artist Ginger Danz visited FestivALL for her first time, too, Saturday. The Fayetteville resident sold acrylic paintings that featuring nature and items she finds around her house.
In one painting, Danz glued her grandmother's handwritten letters to a canvas and made a collage of colors with two teapots in the middle. Her main inspiration is the New River Gorge, though, since she lives right by the bridge. Danz even won the Bridge Day 2011 poster contest that depicts the New River Gorge.
"People have been so supportive today and they're so interested," Danz said about her artwork. "It's great to hear the music in the street ... it really feels happening and there's a lot of vibrant art."
Sharon Hall, of Charleston, came to the used book sale at the Kanawha County Public Library searching for cookbooks, but she left with Mitch Albom's "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" and a mystery novel.
"I like the suspense novel," she said, "but I like to intersperse that with a good beach story."
By 3:30 p.m., when Hall was shopping, the book sale had been picked over, said Lois Payne, a development assistant who was working the sale. The event opened at 9 a.m., and Payne described that morning as a "mob scene."
"We've been busy," said Paula Ward, a technical processing specialist who was running the cash register.
Payne said they'd already had to clean out the register once that day. People weren't shopping for anything in particular, but it was the West Virginia books and the children's items that went the fastest.
Diana Carpenter, of the Elkview area, was thumbing through books in the children's section with her daughter Paige, 8, when Morgan, 13, walked over with three novels in hand.
The black covers were splattered with red paint, to look like blood, and all three were from the "Cirque du Freak" series. Morgan said she didn't know what they were about-she just wanted to read them.
Carpenter shook her head and said Morgan never reads the back of the book. She picks based on the cover.
As they continued to browse, Carpenter said she wasn't there looking for herself. She was there to "entertain the kids."
People watched belly dancers groove to the beat of a drum, and later singers with guitars, on the stage in front of Taylor Books.
FestivALL filled Charleston's streets with all mediums of arts, said Lisa McCracken, who serves on the board of directors for the event.
More volunteers than ever before resulted in a well-organized festival and one of the best ones yet, McCracken said.