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Family Fun Fest set at Fayette Fairgrounds

| Saturday, June 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
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The 15th annual Family Fun Fest is set for Saturday at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Dunbar Township.

The event, made possible by the Fayette County Human Services Council, will feature games and activities for children, and more importantly, a variety of human services information and literature for parents.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and all visitors will receive a free hot dog, a piece of fruit and a bottle of water upon arrival. Other foods will also be made available for sale.

Seth Caton, a web and graphic designer and six-year member of the Fayette County Human Services Council, said the event will happen “come rain or shine,” and “enables attendees to learn about local agencies that can provide educational and financial help.”

Some of the major agencies include Child Care Information Services, which offer child care subsidies, Crime Victims Center, which offer parenting classes to victims of violent crime, as well as the Fayette County Drug and Alcohol Commission, among many others.

“Through these agencies and programs,” Caton said, “parents will be able to learn how to make their families better.”

Based on past event attendee statistics, the event has done just that.

Last year, the event almost passed a 2,500-attendee mark, similar to the mark it passed several years prior.

“We get more and more people every year,” said Sister Annette Frey, chairwoman of the Fayette County Human Services Council and also of Rendu Services.

Both Caton and Frey are optimistic about passing that number this year.

Caton emphasized the event will not be scheduled around the weather and that many of the activities will be held under tents, canopies and pavilions.

“People enjoy knowing there is something they can do for free, even if it rains,” he said.

These events include a petting zoo, an obstacle course, a tropical air bounce and cookie decorating provided by Eat N Park. Fire trucks from the Dunbar Volunteer Fire Department, as well as the Morrell Volunteer Fire Company, will be also be on display.

Child seat inspections will also be made available.

Caton explained the importance of the event, how organizers plan to celebrate the 15th year and the service he is providing.

To honor the 15th-year milestone, organizers of the event will be offering the ability to win a $1,000 grand prize of a two-day family trip to Splash Lagoon in Erie. The trip includes accommodations for four, as well as paid food and gas expenses.

Caton, owner of The Caton Group, a graphic design company based in Uniontown, will be providing free marketing, outreach and graphic design.

Beginning 15 years ago, the event was first used with the notion that the agencies needed to make themselves more known to the people of Fayette County, Frey said.

For more event information, please visit Facebook.com/familyfunfest.

Andrew Hesner is a freelance writer.

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