Westfield Youth Assistance Program to host ninth annual fall festival

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The Westfield Youth Assistance Program will return with another fall festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Asa Bales Park, 205 W. Hoover St. The event is free to attend.

Dave Mueller, left, and Westfield Washington Schools Supt. Sherry Grate attend a previous Westfield Youth Assistance Program Fall Festival. (File photo)

“We will have a lot of inflatables for all ages of kids, free face painting, the Westfield High School football team will have players there for autographs,” said WYAP Board Vice President Janelle Campbell. “This year, we will be creating an obstacle course where kids can compete against a football player. We will have the fire and police departments out there, and they will have some equipment for kids to climb on and check out.”

Hot dogs, cookies and water will be for sale for $2. If attendees bring one gently used or new winter coat, they will receive one voucher for a free lunch. Attendees can bring multiple coats to receive multiple vouchers. The coats will be donated to Hamilton County Kids Coats.

Community tables such as the Westfield Washington Public Library and the WYAP will be present for residents to learn more.

The event finishes up a two-week awareness campaign for WYAP.

“It’s pretty much designed just to be an awareness of youth assistance, so that way people can come and have a good day,” Campbell said.

Mentors and mentees from the program also will be present. Currently, there are 26 children placed with mentors within the WYAP. There are 18 kids who need mentors.

“We are always in need of more mentors,” Campbell said.  “Our numbers just keep going up.”

Campbell said WYAP already has big plans for its 10th annual fall festival next year.

For more, visit youthassistance.org/westfield/.

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