The sound of children laughing, jumping in the bouncy-houses, and the slap of their feet as they ran around the gym filled the air at the fair.
On Saturday, the 40th Annual Linn-Benton Family Fun Day brought people from miles around together to have fun with their families and friends. Held in the gym in the Activity Center, this family fun fair ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and boasted of 19 different booths designed for children ages 1 to 6, including mini golf, bouncy houses, and a playdough table. For older children, there was face painting and a scavenger hunt to win prizes.
“There’s at least 150 people here right now. They come to get out of the house when it’s raining, and some families have been coming for years,” said Jerri Wolfe. Over 200 people ended up attending this family friendly event.
As Chair for the Department of Education, she and Program Director Aoife Magee worked together to put this event on.
“We do this fair to give back to the community,” said Wolfe. “The proceeds become scholarship money, and it brings people who may not be able to afford more expensive events.”
In addition to the faculty and staff present, many parents helped out with the fair. Parent Stacie Cheeke helped out with one of the booths, and also assists in the Timber Ridge Co-op Preschool.
“I love being in the classroom with my son and watching him make friends,” said Cheeke. “It’s good to see him with other kids and this is a great program.”
Story by Camden Jones