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Kidstock Families celebrate Myersville girls at Kidstock

August 10, 2014

By Sylvia Carignan, The Frederick News-Post, Md.

Aug. 10--Volunteers in bright pink tie-dye shirts at Saturday's first Kidstock concert wiped away tears as they remembered the two girls the event was meant for.

The 2014 Sophie and Madigan's Kidstock concert was a fundraiser for a playground that celebrates the lives of Chrissi and Jack Lillard's two daughters who died last year in a Myersville house fire.

Kids and parents danced to children's music from Rocknocerous, Imagination Movers and Shane Gamble, while a second stage had martial arts and zumba demonstrations. But the concert was "emotional" for Chrissi and Jack, who have two children who survived the blaze.

"You stay busy for 90 percent of the time ... then you realize why you're here, and it's tough," Jack Lillard said.

Former city alderwoman Karen Young was one of the volunteers at the Frederick Fairgrounds event and was part of the administration that unanimously approved a park for Sophie and Madigan's themed memorial playground. It will be located on part of the former VFW golf course on U.S. 40, which has been purchased by a developer.

Money raised from Saturday's Kidstock will go toward building that playground. Lillard said they have about half the money they'll need for the project, which is currently being designed.

"We have visions of what it will be," he said.

They are planning a carousel-themed gazebo and a pirate ship, plus other playground toys meant to reflect Sophie and Madigan's personalities.

A handful of volunteers helped plan the concert, while about a hundred staffed an information tent, passed out wristbands, coordinated acts and helped parents Saturday.

Volunteer Jennifer Fogle said the core team of volunteers put in lots of hours over about eight months to help the event come together.

"We slept here," she said. The volunteers had a tent and an RV parked at the fairgrounds overnight to make sure they had the stage, banners and tents set up for the big day.

"We just try to do whatever we can," Fogle said.

Lillard said they sold 1,800 advance tickets and expected about 2,500 attendees total for the daylong event. He said he hopes to turn Kidstock into an annual concert.

Follow Sylvia Carignan on Twitter: @SylviaCarignan.


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