The Conway Police Department will present its third annual Child Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7 at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds.
Latresha Woodruff, spokesman for the police department, said the event is free and open to the whole Faulkner County community. There will be demonstrations, giveaways, free food, door prizes and games. Child identification kits will be made at the event, and all types of emergency vehicles will be on display.
Children will be invited to participate in a bike rodeo to learn about bike safety and drive a golf cart wearing "drunk goggles" to better understand the dangers of drinking and driving, Woodruff said. Police officers will be present to let children know that officers are their friends. Also, kids will get to see K9 officers at work. Visitors will be able to tour the SWAT bus and, if weather allows, watch an Air Evac helicopter land.
Other agencies participating will be the Conway Fire Department, Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management, Arkansas State Police, MEMS and the Faulkner County Emergency Squad. Also, Miss Arkansas Amy Crain will be present.
A number of nonprofit organizations and government services will be represented, including the Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas, the Department of Human Services, Cradle Care, Counseling Associates, the Victim Services division of the prosecuting attorney’s office and Conway Regional Medical Center.
Those who attend can look forward to grilled burgers and hot dogs, snow cones, ice cream and tea from McAlister’s Deli. Kids who visit each table will be eligible to enter a drawing for prizes such as a bike, a tablet or an MP3 player.
Woodruff said, "Some people have a lot going on right now with the tornado, but this is a free event. They can bring the whole family and get away from it all, let us feed them and teach them about safety. This is for the whole county; it’s for families. Everything is free; it will be fun, and you can learn about safety."