Faulkner County residents and their children can meet first responders, learn about safety and more at the Conway Police Department’s sixth annual Child Safety Fair on Saturday.
The event, which lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Conway Expo Center, is free and open to the public and will include lunch and activities for all attendees.
“Families and children can expect an event chalked full of safety information and fun activities,” CPD spokesman LaTresha Woodruff said.
Woodruff said she encourages everyone to attend the event, noting the Child Safety Fair is both fun and educational.
This year’s event will feature a book corner where children will have the opportunity to sit with local police officers as they read a book every 30 minutes. In addition, she said, each child will be able to take a book home with them as well.
This is the second year the event has featured the book corner.
Woodruff also said organizers are adding safety bingo to the featured games lineup.
“It’s much like traditional [bingo], but instead of numbers, the cards display pictures of things like police cars and ambulances,” she said, describing the game. “This will give us an opportunity to talk to kids about what they are seeing and explain how it plays into safety.”
Woodruff said the main goal of the day is to teach children it’s OK to interact with law enforcement and other first responders, especially during an emergency situation; the fair allows children to familiarize themselves with law enforcement and create a comfortable bond between the two.
“We want children to learn how to be safe, but we also want to teach them that police officers and emergency personnel are here to help them when they need it,” she said. “They will be able to meet officers one on one, tour the police vehicles, watch a K-9 demonstration, have a photo ID made, learn the rules of the road when riding a bike and much more.”
Children of all ages are encouraged to attend the event with their families.
Lunch will be provided on site, thanks to a donation by WoodmenLife Insurance, and there will also be a snow cone truck “to give each attendee a cool treat,” Woodruff said.
She said she encourages all families to bring their children to the fun and educational event and also said she wanted to thank each of the police department’s sponsors for making the event possible.
“This is a wonderful, family-friendly event,” Woodruff said. “Over the past five years we have had nearly 2,000 people attend the event. It will be mostly inside, so it will take place rain or shine. We will have wonderful door prizes like bikes, electronic tablets, educational items and more. Each vendor will also be giving away goodies when children stop by at their booth.”
The annual event gives children the opportunity to meet local law enforcement officers and other first responders, while offering a fun day of games and the chance to walk away with door prizes. Woodruff said the event is a great way for officers to build rapport with local children while also educating them on how to stay safe and what to do during an emergency situation.