Following the chaos caused by the historic Arkansas River Flood, the Conway Police Department is still ready to host its annual Child Safety Fair on Saturday.
“Our community has dealt with a lot lately with all the flooding,” CPD spokesman LaTresha Woodruff said. “This year, the Child Safety Fair is a good opportunity for parents to take their children out for a day of fun and get their minds off of the flooding for a few hours.”
The seventh-annual event is free and open to the public. The safety fair kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Conway Expo and Event Center and is expected to run through 3 p.m.
Area first responders will be onsite to provide safety tips to families and their young children. A number of activities will also be available ranging from story telling, K-9 demonstrations, an obstacle course and opportunities for children to get ID cards made.
“The Child Safety Fair is about safety and giving children a chance to spend some time with police officers when they’re not in an emergency situation,” Woodruff told the Log Cabin Democrat. “We want them to know that police officers are real people but they can also be depended on in times of emergency. There will be lots of games and activities.”a book corner set up at the back of the expo center, where Conway officers will spend time reading to local children. Young attendees who listen to the police tales will also leave the story center with a book of their choice.
The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office will be onsite as well as the Conway Fire Department and area SWAT team.
The Conway K-9 officers will give a demonstration on how their trained police dogs are able to help them daily.
Woodruff said the fair allows children to familiarize themselves with law enforcement and create a comfortable bond between the two.
The bicycle obstacle course will help teach children the rules of the road for when they are out riding bicycles.
The event is a great way for officers to built rapport with local children while also educating them on how to stay safe and what to do during an emergency situation, Woodruff said.
Lunch will be provided at no cost to all attendees and several door prizes will be available.
“Children will also have the opportunity to win some great prizes like bikes, electronic tablets, fitness bands and much more,” Woodruff said. “Each child will also leave with a book of their very own. We’re just expecting to have a wonderful time together making new connections and strengthening and nurturing existing ones.”