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Child Safety Fun Fair set for Saturday

Thursday, October 27, 2011

United Way of Bedford County will hold its annual Child Safety Fun Fair Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at H.V. Griffin Park.

The free event offers fun and educational activities for the kids, but also offers the chance for parents to have their children fingerprinted by a trained law enforcement officer.

Fingerprinting can be invaluable in the event of a child's disappearance. The fingerprinting is part of a free ID kit which can be assembled and put in a safe place for when it is needed.

The event will include a fly-in by Vanderbilt LifeFlight,and displays of fire trucks and other emergency equipment. There will be inflatable attractions, face-painting, games and fun child safety literature.

New addition

New this year will be a Tennessee Highway Patrol rollover simulator.

"There's really something for everybody," said United Way executive director Dawn Holley. "It's a great day."

The event started in 2006 and has grown steadily since then. Holley said last year's event had about 500 children participating.

Previously, the event was held on the same day as the Spooktacular 5K run. This year, the two events were split; the race was held last weekend, while the Child Safety Day will be held this weekend.

For more information about the Child Safety Fun Fair, contact United Way at 684-6685.

Costume contest

Adjoining the Child Safety Fun Fair, Jostens Inc. will have a "Barktoberfest" pet costume contest as a fund-raiser for United Way. Categories will include best overall costume, scariest costume, funniest costume and pet/owner look-alike.

Registration for the costume contest is $5 and begins at 11:30 a.m., with judging at noon. For more information about the pet costume contest, contact Holly Holt, 685-6565.

Jostens will also be selling concessions at the event.