Fun Fair Camp Expo

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

March 5, 2006

Hundreds of kids and parents attended the Albemarle Family Magazine’s second annual “Fun Fair Camp Expo” at the Omni Hotel.

There were kids, parents, a life sized bumble bee, and 80 vendors at Sunday's “Fun Fair Camp Expo.” Parents were there looking for the best camp to suit their needs, and kids were there for the excitement.

I want to go to the one that has the most rock walls…and the biggest pools,” said Garret Yoder, aspiring camper.

Yoder and his family just moved to Albemarle County from Pennsylvania and his parents wanted to see what activities they could enroll him in this summer.

“We thought this was a great place to learn about the different camps and what the town has to offer for the kids,” said Julia Yoder, Garret’s mother.

This is the second year in a row that Albemarle Family Magazine has hosted the camp expo. One of the magazine editors said that this is a great way for kids and parents to try new things, and a great way for parents to have any questions answered.

“[Parents can] learn about the different programs and not just the things they offer but the philosophy behind the camp and what their goals are for the children,” said Jennifer Bryerton, Albemarle Family Magazine.

For many vendors their goals were simple: to keep kids active and having fun. There were camps exclusively for girls, overnight camps, daily camps, camps for those who love soccer and ballet camp.

“[It’s] a great activity when they've got a little more time," said Juanita Wilson Duquette, Wilson School of Dance. “They have a chance to be a bit more focused; something fun to do and yet a learning experience too.”

More than 2,000 kids and parents attended last year’s expo, and by the numbers of visitor early in the day, chairmen of this year's expo say they believe they will surpass those numbers.

Event planners say they will start on planning year’s expo on Monday.


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