Summer Fair presents many camp options

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 1:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 1:38 p.m.

If you're looking for summer camps and activities for your children, then the annual Summer Activities Fair — with more than 30 vendors under one roof — is an event you don't want to miss.



* What: Summer Activities Fair, with information on camps and programs.

* When: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

* Where: Westwood Middle School, 3215 NW 15th Ave.

* Information: Email

Sponsored by the Westwood Middle School Parent Teacher Association, the Summer Activities Fair will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in the cafeteria at Westwood Middle School at 3215 NW 15th Ave. Parking will be provided in the field behind the cafeteria, so follow the signs.

Although March may seem too early to consider summer activities, many programs have limited space and fill up fast.

Pam Harrison, fair organizer and past president of the Westwood PTA, said the fair primarily targets parents of elementary and middle school students, but there are vendors offering activities for high school students, too.

"We have a good blend of activities and types of organizations," Harrison said, "and many choices for parents and students."

She said there will be vendors offering full-day and half-day camps and a wide range of activities, including academics, music, athletics, drama, art, dance, science, equestrian, fencing and many more. Harrison said some vendors will have interactive displays, demonstrations, drawings and giveaways, and all vendors will be available for a one-on-one discussion about their programs.

Because the fair is an open house, parents can come and go as they please and there will be early registration information, with some vendors providing on-site registration.

Last year, more than 300 people attended the fair, but more are expected this year.

Harrison said the Westwood PTA took over the Summer Activities Fair eight years ago, a couple of years after the city of Gainesville decided to stop offering it. "It's a fundraiser for the PTA that has turned into a community service more than a fundraiser," Harrison said.

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