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Updated: 04/25/2014 10:38:03PM

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Two-year-old "Little John" Smith of the Parkside area of Port Charlotte has his ups and downs in the bounce house at Saturday’s Parkside International Fall Festival.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

At Saturday’s second annual Parkside Festival, Mary Ann Bosco, from left, Tana Wilson and Sandee Pellerin do the Parkside Neighborhood Watch shuffle.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Port Charlotte’s Crystal Walker, 8, rides a life-size excavator, compliments of Charlotte County Public Works, at the second annual Parkside Festival.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
Jonathan Walker, 4, of Port Charlotte takes the wheel of an end loader, one of the monster machines put on display by Charlotte County Public Works at Saturday’s Parkside Festival.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
Michael Seabar, 4, of Port Charlotte receives the eye of the tiger, along with the rest of the feline’s face, from artist Carrie O’Brien during the festival.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Gator DJ supplied the afternoon music during the all-day Parkside International Fall Festival, with live bands slated to take the stage later in the day.

SUN FILE PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Two-year-old "Little John" Smith of the Parkside area of Port Charlotte has his ups and downs in the bounce house during November 2013’s Parkside International Fall Festival.

SUN FILE PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
Michael Seabar, 4, of Port Charlotte receives the eye of the tiger, along with the rest of the feline’s face, from artist Carrie O’Brien during last year's festival in Parkside.

SUN FILE PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

At the second annual Parkside Festival last November, Mary Ann Bosco, from left, Tana Wilson and Sandee Pellerin do the Parkside Neighborhood Watch shuffle.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PORT CHARLOTTE — “Little John” Smith, who lives up to his name at the just-getting-started age of 2, was overjoyed at receiving a free “Spider-Man” book from the Charlotte County Library System. And so was his dad.

“I like this,” said “Big John” Smith, a resident of the Parkside area in the heart of Port Charlotte. “He likes to read and I do too.”

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