AVON — Dubbed as “a celebration of the children and families of Hendricks County,” the annual Kids’ Fair will this year be from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Avon High School gymnasium.
The event has been a community mainstay since 2007. It was held at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville until this year. The Kids’ Fair will have about 50 vendors, free food, entertainment, and activities geared specifically toward children, who are encouraged to show up wearing their Halloween costumes. The event, as always, will feature costume contests, but this year there is a heightened focus on family-based activities.
The Children’s Bureau, which spearheads the event, will also have a food drive. They are asking patrons to bring non-perishable food items that will go to Hendricks County families in need.
“We’re taking the focus back to the booths and we really want all of them to do something active,” explained Mark Fairchild, program director for the Children’s Bureau. “We’re promoting them as people who are positive community entities. We’ve had many people come through the last few years, but we found they were spending less time. Part of the reason we do this is so there’s meaningful involvement with parents and kids together and taking part in activities and learning about the community organizations.”
The Kids’ Fair also provides families with an opportunity to involve younger children who might not be participating in traditional trick or treating, as well as families who might not have the schedule to allow them such.
Jennifer Hill of the Hendricks County Health Department said, “I remember when my son was born, he was only 4 months old around Halloween time, and you want him to be able to be a part of
something, so I got to dress him up in his cow costume and have fun. It gives parents who might work on Halloween the opportunity to do something with their kids. Or maybe they don’t believe in going out at night, so we still stick with a trick or treat concept. Plus, it’s indoors whereas on Halloween it might be freezing outside. You’ll see a lot of little ones dressed up, and it’s a lot of fun for them.”