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Fun and games for kids on Saturday

March 15, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

The 23rd annual Children's Fair is set to bring entertainment and information to Imperial Valley families Saturday.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bucklin Park in El Centro, will offer booths, food, games, walk-around characters and, most important, information for families.

"The purpose is to bring the community together and have all the resources in the Valley come together to demonstrate what kind of help we have for families," said Marcela Villalobos, administrative assistant at the Imperial County Child Abuse Prevention Council.

Villalobos is helping coordinate the Children's Fair.

Villalobos said organizers are expecting a crowd of about 35,000, about the same number as last year's fair.

"We hope everyone will attend because it's really fun," said Villalobos.

Some of the agencies that will be at the fair include the Imperial County Office of Education, Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program, Center for Family Solutions, Imperial County Behavioral Health Services.


The games for children will include potato sack races, fingernail and face painting, coloring and more.

Carne asada burritos, hot dogs, corn dogs, tacos, fish tacos, nachos and much more will be available at the fair as well.

"It's a real inexpensive day at the park. Most of the activities are free for the children and it's going to be a fun day for everyone," said Villalobos.

For more information contact the CAP council at 353-8300.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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