(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The 2018 Children's Fair had kids riding into their favorite story book.
The theme for this year's fair was "Mix it Up at the Children's Fair". Organizers said they wanted the event to show kids that learning can be fun.
"Every area has taken a children's book that's based on our theme, and they've expanded that so that the children can play and learn," Robin Hammond, St. Joseph Youth Alliance, said.
The fair had several activities for kids that revolved around education.
"Everything they're doing. They're learning math, they're learning science, language. Just so many wonderful skills," Hammond said.
The children were also introduced to history. Not just any history, but St. Joseph's history.
"It's so important for them to know their history. Where they came from, what happened, why we're here? Especially here in St. Joe," Sharon Ruhnky, volunteer, said.
Ruhnky said she's been reading children's history books to kids at the fair since the beginning.
"Well, I love teaching and I love kids," Ruhnky said. "I don't know I like telling stories."
Last year, the fair brought in 712 children and 554 adults. The event also has almost 200 volunteers.
Each child that came out the event left with a free book. The fair was hosted by the Youth Alliance, with collaboration by several local organizations.
The fair was held at the St. Joseph Civic Arena Tuesday, from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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