Carnival to raise awareness about child abuse in York County


A new children's fair is combining awareness about child abuse with fun for the community.

The York County Children's Fair will make its debut from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, with donations benefitting the county's Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA, an organization that provides support and neglect-prevention services to child abuse victims.

"We hope to make this an annual event," said Dewayne Nichols, a spokesman for CASA.

He said child abuse and neglect does happen in York County, and it's up to the community to bring awareness and stop the violence.

The event is free, with money being raised from a silent auction, a motorcycle ride and the sale of $8 barbeque chicken dinners made by firefighters. The event will be held at the Hellam Fire Company, 163 E. Market St. in Hallam.

Helping hands: The event grew larger than organizers originally thought it would be, blossoming from a simple barbeque to a fair, Nichols said.

Donations from businesses — including merchandise to put toward silent auctions — have grown the event. The Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens donated a few items that will be up for auction, including an autographed baseball from the Orioles, he said.

CASA also teamed with the Iron Order Motorcycle Club to host a child abuse prevention ride.

The cost is $15 for a single ride and $25 for double riders, such as a husband and wife team. The two and a half hour ride through back roads will conclude with a free BBQ chicken dinner for the riders.

Carnival activities: The auction and motorcyle rides are two of the activities parents can enjoy while their children are set loose to have fun.

"We want the kids to run wild and the parents to not have to worry about opening up their wallets," Nichols said of the free fair.

Activities include a reptile show, building bird houses and meet-and-greets with local firefighters and police officers.

Local organizations — including Life Center for Girls and drug and alcohol assistance programs from York and Adams counties — will set up booths to provide information to attendees.

Identification cards for children and seniors, used in case a child or senior goes missing, will be issued for free.