Free safety demonstrations this Saturday

Hundreds of community members are expected to turn out for this year’s community safety fair.

The 11th annual fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Winchester’s Jim Barnett Park.

Valley Health’s Winchester Medical Center and the Winchester Police Department are sponsoring the free public safety awareness event.

Carol Weare, Valley Health public relations manager, said over 500 people typically attend the free yearly event.

“We expect 500 plus people, with most being families, but also older adults, some with grandchildren,” she said. “Valley Health CEO Mark Merrill is a loyal and enthusiastic volunteer each year.”

Over 50 exhibitors, equipment and activities will be available for people of all ages to spread awareness about safety issues, such as biking, boating, extreme weather, distracted driving, self defense, workplace safety, alcohol and drug use and dating violence.

“People learn better if they are relaxed and having fun,” she said, “and creating a family oriented educational event boosts the odds that topics will be discussed afterwards as a family.”

She added that the most popular features of the event are the AirCare medevac helicopter, NOVEC power safety demonstrations, a golf course obstacle course with the driver wearing DUI goggles, wild animal and pet behavior information and the events for children.

Children can also learn about safety and have fun in the park. Those who bring their bike can ride an obstacle course with a Winchester Police Department bike officer and get a free helmet fitting through the Winchester Medical Center Foundation.

Other activities for children include a Big Wheels ride through Safety Town, a visit to the Frederick County Fire & Rescue storm trailer, a bounce house, face painting, magic and balloon bending. Free hot dogs and ice cream will be provided. Drawings for new children’s bikes will also be available.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com

If You Go
• When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
• Where: Jim Barnett Park in Winchester.
• Cost: Free for everyone.