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By MARTY FINLEY
ELIZABETHTOWN — As the economy regresses, gas prices soar and the dollar falters in value, most Americans are likely looking for an escape.
Quicksie 98.3, The Wolf 94.3 and the Heart of Kentucky Association of Realtors want to provide that escape for parents and children alike.
The 13th annual Children’s Fair makes its way to the George M. Searle Pavilion at Freeman Lake Park from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday for children 1-12 years old.
“It’s an opportunity for them to have fun for free,” said Hollie Sexton, co-host of the morning show on Quicksie 98.3.
It is a chance for parents to spend the day with their children without a hefty price tag attached, Sexton said.
The fair includes 27 booths from local businesses. Vendors will provide games, prizes, face painting, food and mascots. And, like the price of admission, the businesses participating are doing it free of charge, Sexton said.
Sexton said parents won’t have to worry about their children going home empty handed because each child receives a prize before the day is over.
“It’s a fun atmosphere,” she said.
Sexton said the event was created because the two radio stations and Heart of Kentucky Association of Realtors wanted to provide a safe, fun outlet for children. And, as times change, a financial relief for parents.
“In these economic times, it’s so hard to find something completely free,” Sexton said.
Margie Harper, executive officer for Heart of Kentucky Association of Realtors, said the event hosted about 500 kids last year.
“There was a lot; we ran out of toys,” Harper said.
Harper said the event is a joy for those involved in the planning because they get to see the kids have a good time. She said her 9-year-old daughter loves it and opted out of a vacation so she wouldn’t miss it.
“It’s a lot of fun to see the kids’ faces,” she said.
Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762.