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Hundreds gather at Unidad Park for the 30th Annual Children’s Fair Sunday afternoon

The children's fair had a wide variety of activities, including a petting zoo, pony rides and a train ride, as well as food and drinks.
Credit: Marlen Trevino

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Friends and families gathered Sunday at Unidad Park for the 30th Annual Children’s Fair hosted by San Angelo YMCA

“This is the 30th Annual Children’s Fair and a lot of nonprofit organizations come out,” Linda Mata, San Angelo YMCA engagement coordinator said. “It helps support their organizations and our part of the children’s fair goes back into our scholarship  fund.”

The event had a wide variety of booths and activities for children and adults to enjoy.  The activities include a petting zoo, pony rides, a train ride, performances and a dunking booth, just to name a few.

The fair was previously run by Healthy Families of San Angelo; however, the San Angelo YMCA took over as host for 2021.

“Healthy Families of San Angelo has run it for 30 years. We didn’t try to change anything. We tried to keep it the exact same way,” Mata said.

According to Mata, Sunday’s fair was a little smaller. “I think it’s due to COVID and organizations and volunteers were not ready to come back out into the community just yet,” she said. “I think after this year, it’ll be stronger, and more people will come out.”

The event also featured performances by a flag team and martial arts demonstrations. Following the martial arts demonstration, adults and children had the opportunity to learn some martial arts moves.

Mario Charles says he attends the fair every year and was glad it was open so they could attend.

Charles' favorite part of the event was the food. For his son, anything that will win him a prize. “That’s his favorite thing; he just likes to go and have fun,” he said.

Charles said the event was good and would allow people to enjoy family time. “It’s for a good cause and you get a lot of information out here.,” he said.

A ticketing system is used to determine how much each organization will receive. At the end of the fair, the organizations will turn in the tickets they collected throughout the day.

Based on the tickets turned in, the organization will receive a check from the YMCA, minus the 10% that will go back to the host organization.


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