Westfield Youth Assistance Program holds annual fall festival

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By Renee Larr

Rylan Crum attends last year’s fall festival. (Submitted photo)

Westfield Youth Assistance Program will host its annual Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at Asa Bales Park. WYAP is an early intervention advocate for kids 3 to 17 years old who are experiencing difficult challenges in life. The event brings awareness to Westfield residents of WYAP and its purpose.

“It actually became the WYAP Fall Festival last year,” said Christine Brown, WYAP early intervention advocate. “Prior to that we had been the recipient of any funds that were collected from the Ameriana Fall Festival. The,n when Ameriana was bought out,  they didn’t continue that tradition.”

In previous years the event was held at Simon Moon Park, but because of increased attendance it was moved this year.

“Simon Moon Park was a perfect location, but we just couldn’t hold all the people that we typically have at this event because of the limited parking,” Brown said.

There will be family-friendly fun and activities during the event.

“We will have three different inflatables for kids to play in,” Brown said. “We’ll have a DJ and a face-painter. Those individuals have been with us for several years and they come back each year. We’ll also have a balloon artist. Westfield Police Department and Westfield Fire Department will be on hand as well.”

Any budding athletes can meet some of the Westfield High School football players.

“Some of the players will be coming over to interact with the kids and sign autographs from the championship team last year,” Brown said.

A meal consisting of a hot dog, water and a cookie will be available for $2.

“It’s not necessarily a fundraiser. It’s just an event to make the community aware of Westfield Youth Assistance. If funds are raised over and above our cost, it will go back into sending kids to camp and providing activities for them during the year,” Brown said.

The event is free. For more, visit youthassistance.org/westfield/.

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