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Sandwell Council’s SHAPE Team are getting everything in place for this year’s Youth Festival to be held on Saturday 22 July.

This is the third annual youth festival with last year’s event attracting over 8,000 visitors. This year’s youth festival promises to be even bigger. The show will be held at Sandwell Valley Country Park from 11am to 5pm.

Sandwell Council’s youth service will be running a music stage where acts who have taken part in the SHAPE Your Talent competition will be showcasing their talents, alongside other local artists.

Admission to the festival is free with most of the activities also being free of charge.

There will be the Pat Collins’ funfair, zorb football, assault course, climbing wall, youth buses, sports activities, magic shows and much more.

As well as all the Youth Festival activities , Sandwell Council has joined forces with The Albion Foundation to organise a colour run in honour of Blind Dave Heeley, who this year will be running several marathons in aid of the Albion Foundation.

The Blind Dave Colour Run is a five kilometre walk, jog or run around Sandwell Valley where coloured powder will be thrown at participants along the course.

The colour run is open to those aged six and above. Registration is at 11am and participants will start racing from 1pm.

Registration is now open and costs £10 per person (plus a booking fee of £1). Once registered participants will get an official Albion Foundation colour run t-shirt, a personal colour pack and a medal at the end of the race.

Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children’s services said: “The SHAPE Youth Festival has grown in popularity over the last two years and this year it promises to be a great day out for all.

“I will be signing up for the colour run and urge others to do the same.”

To register for the colour run or for more details about the SHAPE Youth Festival go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/shapeevents

The SHAPE Youth Festival is sponsored by Kangaroo Pouch, Carillion and Tesco Extra (New Square, West Bromwich).