Children’s Fair is a tradition for some in Imperial Valley

EL CENTRO, Calif. – Children running, jumping, drawing, playing games – nonstop fun for the entire family.

Organized by the Child Abuse Prevention Council, the 37th Annual Children’s Fair at El Centro’s Bucklin Park this Saturday drew thousands. El Centro resident Rosalind Summers says she’s watched it grow every year.

“It’s a great event, it’s grown. I’ve been coming here since the first one 37 years ago when I brought my children, now I’m bringing my grand children,” Summers said.

There was something to do for every child. Some kids even got an early taste of Zumba.

“For kids it’s just an amazing opportunity to explore their creativity and have fun,” said Zinnia Villa, Imperial Valley Zumba instructor.

Villa said exercise has positive effects on children, “You can see how they just come out of their shell, they enjoy it. It helps them physically.”

California Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia says besides fun and games there was plenty of important information offered to the public.

“Lot of good organizations also providing good information for the residents of Imperial County,” Garcia said.

Garcia said people coming together is a good thing.

“Getting to know one another, their neighbors, meeting friends of the friends at an event like this you begin to create greater awareness and hopefully greater civic participation,” Garcia said.

For Summers bringing the kids has special meaning.

“It’s a tradition and it’s a great one,” Summers said.

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