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Hugs For The Kids

Health and safety fair planned for March 5

The Ninth Annual H.U.G.S. (Help Us Grow Safely) Children's Health and Safety Fair for youth will be held at the Henkle Middle School on March 5 in White Salmon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This free event is open to all area youths and their families.

The theme of this year's H.U.G.S. Fair is "Connecting Youth to Hobbies and Interests in the Community."

Many educational booths, giveaways and demonstrations will focus on safety, fun and healthy activities in our area. For example, the Mt. Adams Soroptimists will be selling bicycle helmets. There will be music, entertainment, special guests, traditional displays, A Buy-One-Get-One-Free book fair, new exhibits and much more!

"This year we're adding something new," said Susan Kerr, WSU-Klickitat County Extension Director. "Interested youth will receive a 'passport' and will qualify for a special prize if they get every square on their passport stamped by participating booth exhibitors. Many exhibitors will have hands-on activities for youth, so the passport opportunity will reward youth for getting actively involved at the H.U.G.S. Fair."

"Once again we have many terrific door prizes to give away, as well as a free drawing for a White Salmon Pool family swim pass," Kerr said. Kerr also noted that the Skyline Foundation will have healthy and affordable food available.

For more information about the 2005 H.U.G.S. Fair, please call 509-773-5817 or 509-493-1502. This activity is coordinated by Washington State University Extension/4-H, Henkle Middle School, Project Open Door, Skyline Hospital.

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