First annual Health & Safety Fair brings out crowdsKids learn safety from police, fire and more BY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR Lake Stevens Police show one mom the correct way to buckle up her child at the Health & Safety Fair last Saturday at Lundeen Park. Other kids got fitted with new bike helmets while still others were able to get their faces painted by a local artist. The Health & Safety Fair will now be an annual event. Many strolled the grounds of Lundeen Park last Saturday as the first annual Lake Stevens Health & Safety Fair brought out adults and kids alike to learn about all the community has to offer.
The Health & Safety Fair had many officials from all over Lake Stevens and Snohomish County including the Lake Stevens Police, Lake Stevens Fire, Mayor Vern Little, Snohomish County Health District, a horse mounted Sheriff, Miss Aquafest and many of the city staff.
Employees, Officers and Explorers of the Lake Stevens Police Department were on hand to fit kids with new bike helmets and also taught parents the correct and safest way to strap their children into car seats.
Lake Stevens Fire District brought along an ambulance, fire truck and even the Smokehouse, which seemed to be a big hit with the children.
My favorite part is the smoke house,” eight-year-old Hannah Dubyne said. “I learned to crawl out.”
Snohomish County Health District along with the City of Lake Stevens, introduced the new Tobacco Free Parks.
“This is the most comprehensive ordinance in the state of Washington and the first of its kind,” Mayor Little said.
Another important component to the Health and Safety Fair was the introduction of the new green recycle bins that can be found in every park in the city now.
With over 200 guests, the Health & Safety Fair was a huge hit and will be around for years to come.
“We need to continue to do this every year,” Little said. “It is a growing community and it’s something we need to do all of the time to get awareness out.”
June is National Safety Month which is the perfect time to hold this annual event, he explained.
With the sun shining and so much to do, after a stop for some cake and fruit, kids were ready to see all of the sights and maybe even stop by the Lions Club’s Weinermobile for a hot dog or two.
“I got to see our friend Fire Marshal Robert Marshall and get some stickers,” Ginger Farrer, 10, said.
“So far, I like the cake,” her six-year sister Heather said.