SU event caters to area children By KIM SPENCER / N-C Correspondent Apr 9, 2019 Five-year-old Brady Embly of Fayetteville was lucky at the ring toss at Saturday’s Children’s Fair held at Shippensburg University’s Heiges Field House PHOTOS BY KIM SPENCER
Children had fun with a colorful canopy Saturday during the annual Children’s Fair at Shippensburg University’s Heiges Field House The color canopy was one of more than 50 different stations set up throughout the field house that children could visit and participate in an array of fun activities Tina Hodge, left, and Glenda Cosby (SU Student volunteer) help Hodge’s grandson, 3-year-old Nova Kirkland, string a bead necklace at Saturday’s Children’s Fair held at Shippensburg University’s Heiges Field House

Save Sunny weather, an abundance of activities and lots of prizes were a winning combination for Saturday’s Children’s Fair held at Heiges Field House at Shippensburg University.

The annual spring spectacular attracts hundreds of children of all ages, but this year’s event saw upwards of 600 children make their way through the field house that was filled with more than 50 different game and activity stations Javita Thompson, director for first year experience and community engagement for Shippensburg University, was extremely pleased with this year’s turnout “We are still working on the total number of people, but we had a great number of children this year, close to or maybe over 600 This year’s total is double the amount of last year, when we had over 350 children,” Thompson said Sponsored by the university, this year’s event was by far the biggest they’ve had in years, Thompson commented “This year’s event was huge! It is always great to connect our students with the community and it is such a fun event We could not make this event happen without support from our community and the awesome volunteers we have both on and off campus!” She, as well as other organizers and volunteers, were very happy with the amount of support given by the community and other organizations that help to make the Children’s Fair possible “Our campus clubs, organizations, teams and Greek Life step up to the plate every year to volunteer for the Children’s Fair Donations are supplied by SU Student Senate, Target, Giant, King’s Kettle, Chartwells Dining Services, as well as other community organizations” Filled with an array of activities for children to do and participate in, the field house was lined with more than 50 different stations ranging from arts and crafts, challenging games, learning stations, hands-on learning centers and so much more Colleen McQueeney of Shippensburg said she brings her grandchildren every year “This is always so much fun for them and with the amount of activities here, it keeps them occupied all day,” McQueeney said “I think it’s a wonderful way for the campus and community to work together for the kids!” Angie Embly of Fayetteville brought her grandson to Saturday’s fair and was surprised by the large number of games and activities “There’s a lot for him to see and do this year, and he loves it” she said “He likes to try everything, especially activities where he can win prizes!” And the children definitely left with some pretty cool items! Star Wars Battleship, plush Star Wars characters, various trucks, princess games, arts and crafts items, books, Frisbees and more Parents carried bulging bags of their kids’ goodies as they went from station to station to enjoy the games and activities The Shippensburg Middle School Jazz Band also provided musical entertainment for the event Children could even stop and have their picture taken with Big Red, the university’s mascot Lots of fun food including cotton candy, popcorn and drinks completed the day’s offering … the perfect prescription for a perfect day!