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Ottumwa’s Bridge View Center hosting Family Fest Saturday

Mar 06, 2018

OTTUMWA — The Bridge View Center is hosting a free Family Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Family Fest is the Bridge View Center’s way to give back to and thank the community and southeast Iowa region for their support throughout the year.

The Bridge View Center has joined several core community partners to provide an educational and entertaining event, with six components.

The first component is Fun. There will be inflatables, bounce houses, games, and other activities in a “fun’ zone.” The “fun zone” helps parents and kids get out of the house, have some physical exercise, and get past the typical “cabin fever syndrome” many Iowans see during the winter months when there are less outdoor activities for kids.

The second component is Entertainment. An entertainment stage in one area of the event to celebrate and showcase youth throughout the region. Entertainment acts can include, dance programs or studios, youth music programs, nature and/or outdoor education by a local naturalist, reading programs and fun by an area library to showcase youth reading, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, and many others.

The third component is Exhibitors. An exhibit area will showcase regional businesses, nonprofits, service organizations, and others who sell and/or provide products and services to families and youth throughout the Ottumwa community and southeast Iowa region.

The fourth component is Safety City. Safety City is an area focused on law enforcement partners and has two primary purposes. First, it provides youth with information on safety with helpful tips and resources for them. Second, it celebrates what law enforcement agencies do for everyone. The younger kids can climb in and out of an ambulance, firetruck, patrol car, and other law enforcement vehicles and interact with local law enforcement officials in a positive and safe environment. An additional component of Safety City includes an electrical safety demonstration by Alliant Energy’s power lineman team. This feature demonstration provides a safe environment for people to learn about power line safety and electricity.

The fifth component is Education. The South Central Region of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is working with Indian Hills Community College and area high schools to have instructors, students, and others bring in STEM projects and initiatives to showcase and highlight the benefits of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to youth.

The sixth component is Health. New for 2018, Wapello County Public Health is helping to grow and develop the Health Walk component of Family Fest. Health Walk will be an interactive area where local providers will have games and other interactive activities to share healthy information. The focus will be on prevention and providing resources and getting information to families to assist them in meeting the health and wellness needs of their families before a situation arises.

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