Posted: Friday, October 26th 2012 at 9:17pm
Thousands attend free Children's Fun Festival in Clarkesville
By Rob Moore Editor
Clowns Wrinkles and AnE are shown with one of their younger contemporaries, Karelia the Clown. (Photo/Rob Moore)
CLARKESVILLE – The sixth-annual Habersham E-9-1-1 Children’s Fun Festival held Thursday night in Clarkesville was an overwhelming success.
State and local emergency officials estimate that more than 5,000 people attended the free event, which was moved to the Habersham County Fairgrounds in Clarkesville after outgrowing its home at the Habersham County E-9-1-1 Center in Mt. Airy.
The event featured public safety vehicles and exhibits, visits from three helicopters, a petting zoo, trunk-or-treat, and a fun rodeo.
Organized by Habersham County E-9-1-1 dispatchers, often on their own time, the event has grown from year to year – from 50 children the first year to more than 5,000 people in 2012.
“For the past several months all the hard work that everyone has put into this event, the best gratification was the overwhelming estimated amount of more than 5,000 people that attended our event,” said Dispatcher Kristen Kowalsky, one of the organizers of the event. “And we all look forward to next year’s event to be able to educate the youth of our community on the importance of public safety.”
Some of the agencies involved in Thursday’s event included Baldwin Fire Department, Clarkesville Lions Club, Clarkesville police and fire departments, Cornelia Fire Department, Cornelia Police Department and its Special Response Team, Demorest Fire Department, The Easton Foundation, Elbert County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Department of Driver Services, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Operation Lifesaver, Georgia State Patrol, Girl Scouts, Habersham EMS, Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Airy Police Department, North Georgia Medical Transport, SAVING Habersham, and Tallulah Falls police and fire departments.
Several towing companies, veterinarians, farms, and other businesses also participated in the event, whether handing out candy through trunk-or-treat, or by providing safety information.
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