The festival was dubbed "rising above it," and was put on by SARC, which stands for Safety Awareness Resources Change, to raise money for the organization whose mission is to end sexual and domestic violence.
The festival boasted vendors and activities geared toward children.
"It was good," 7-year-old Sierra Simmons said as she hopped to the ground following her ride around the ring on a pony.
Kelly Smith, of Forest Hill, explained she brought Sierra and her brother, who are Smith's neighbors, as well as her own children to the festival on the recommendation of her father-in-law.
"It's a really fun time and there's so much to do," Smith said. "Everyone found something they liked."
She said be it a sweet treat or a pony ride or seeing the inside of a hot air balloon, the kids each found something they enjoyed.
Smith was not alone in that sentiment.
As the children stood in awe of a snake, the women talked about the table offering tutoring opportunities and another that inspired ideas for birthday parties.
"They had an opportunity to ride the horses, they really liked that," Williams said of the children.
As the sun peeked from behind the clouds, both women commented on the day's heat and humidity.
"I'm loving it though," Greene said.
From moon bounces, to hula hoops, to music, educational pirates and interaction with animals, there were plenty of activities at the festival.
Charles Smith, Kelly's father-in-law, was manning the animal area for the Maryland Zoo.
He said the stream of visitors had been steady and "more than I expected."
Kids were able to come face to face with a ball python, green-winged Macaw and a red-footed tortoise in the zoo area as well as goats and ponies in other areas on the grounds.
Jenni Berger, of Bel Air, said she works for Harford Mutual, one of the companies that sponsored the event, and decided to bring her two children and their two friends on Saturday.
"It just seems like a great event for a great cause," Berger said.
Berger explained she and her family were not able to attend last year, and said she was glad the crowd was not overwhelming and added she plans to come back next year.