OSU Extension in Pittsburg County welcomes Lockwood

Rachel Lockwood 

Families, join us at the 24th Annual Kids Fair at McAlester Expo. The free event is scheduled for Saturday, March 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids Fair started 24 years ago with a $300 grant written by Debra Garrard, former OSU Extension Family and Consumer Science Educator on behalf of the Pittsburg County Home Community Education Group.

The goal of Kids Fair is to educate parents/grandparents of the services available to them so they can improve their lives as well as the lives of their children. This year the theme of “Get On Board for Wellness” is to inspire families to make healthier choices. Event partners will have booths related to early childhood, diabetes awareness, mental health awareness, prevention of alcohol and substance abuse, home and community safety, as well as booths providing options for families to be involved in education, music, cheer, tumbling, exercise and more.

Rachel Lockwood, currently the FCS Educator with OSU Extension Center, explained the 24 year tradition has extended their targeted outreach efforts to include children through 12 years of age, thus broadening the Baby Fair title to Kids Fair.

Since 1996, the fair has grown each year. The first few years, it was held at the J.I. Stipe Center and later moved to Main and Oklahoma Church of Christ because of growth. Further growth required a change to the current location of the Expo Hall at the McAlester Expo Center, three miles west of McAlester on Highway 270.

Lockwood added, “It has grown to having participants from Talihina to Oklahoma City”.

This year’s fair is set for Saturday, March 28th, from 10am-2pm at the McAlester Expo Center. It is for expectant parents and those with children ages birth to twelve years. On average, there are over forty-five booths from local service agencies to family activity groups available for families to visit and learn more on topics related to health, nutrition, safety, family resilience programs and more.

Hourly door prizes will be given throughout the event along with several grand prizes of assorted bikes and tickets for families to attend local events. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and become more aware of the services available to have their families “Get On Board for Wellness!”.

Check us out on Facebook at “Kids Fair at McAlester Expo”.

Rachel Lockwood is the Family Consumer Science Extension Educator with Pittsburg County OSU Cooperative Extension Service. For more information related to this topic or related FCS programs contact Rachel at 918-423-4120, email Rachel.lockwood@okstate.edu or on Pittsburg County OSU Website http://oces.okstate.edu/pittsburg/ or find Pittsburg County OSU Extension Center or Pittsburg County OHCE on Facebook.

Oklahoma State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, State and Local governments cooperating. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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