34th Annual Children’s Fair helps prevent child abuse

photo by:Brandy Ronek
photo by:Brandy Ronek

EL CENTRO – Children anxiously awaited the El Centro Fire Department’s fire truck to turn on their water hose at Bucklin Park. It was the 34th Annual Children’s Fair sponsored by Child Abuse Prevention and the fire hose is a perennial favorite among the kids.


As the ladder to the fire truck lifted high in the air, kids lined up, eyes to the sky, waiting for the magic to begin. As the water began to gush, children ran from all sides of Bucklin Park drawn by the chance to get wet and play in the mud that soon developed.


Parents standing on the sidelines of a wild mud mess watched their children have the “time of their life” at the Annual Children’s Fair that brought thousands from all over the Imperial Valley.


“I love coming to this because every year. They do the water hose from the fire truck and I like playing in the mud,” said Becky Quintero,9, of El Centro.


Booths from different organizations were set up to promote their support against Child Abuse, the theme of this year’s Children’s Fair.


A children’s corner was set up near the side stage where little ones listened to music as they colored and water painted. Numerous different events for children were available, from dancing, to hula hooping, to exploring a large Police Armored Car.PHOTO BY:BRANDY RONEK


“My favorite part of the children’s fair is the different types of games they have for kids,” said Brendan Michaels, 11, of Calexico.


Every year the Children’s Fair takes place at Bucklin Park in El Centro and an even larger crowd shows then the previous year. With different games and music the event continues into the late hours of the day.