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Kent State University at Salem Holds Sixth Annual Kids’ Fun Fest on Oct. 1

Posted Sept. 26, 2011

Area students pose for a picture during last year’s Kids’ Fun Fest hosted by Kent State University at Salem. This year’s festival is Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event will include crafts, games and a health fair, which is new this year.

Kent State University at Salem is hosting its sixth annual Kids’ Fun Fest on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the campus, located at 2491 St. Rt. 45 S., in Salem. In addition to the free children’s activities, the event will include a Scholastic Book Fair to support the Leetonia School District, and the newly added health fair and flu clinic.

“We consistently have a large turnout for this event,” Public Relations Coordinator Ruth McCullagh says. “With the addition of the health fair, I anticipate our numbers will increase.”

The health fair includes free screenings and $20 flu shots for children and adults provided by the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association. Medicare is accepted. The health fair will take place at the campus’ new multimillion dollar health and sciences wing.

The Kids’ Fun Fest, which is geared toward children ages three to 13, has a recycling focus. “Many of our crafts demonstrate how everyday items can be reused,” says Danielle Stewart, president of the student government organization, which hosts the event. Stewart says other activities include pumpkin painting and story time. The Kent State University mascot, Flash, is planning to make a special appearance, too. The Quaker Trolley will also be on-site for students to explore. As in past years, a community resource center made up of area agencies will be available for participants to visit.

“We hold the Kids’ Fun Fest so Kent State at Salem students who have families can come enjoy time with their children,” Stewart says. “Plus, this is a great way for us to give back to the community and show the area what a great university we have.”

Attendees can pre-register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/kidsfunfest or call the campus at 330-332-0361.