HOUGHTON - The Kiwanis Club of the Copper Country is a service organization, and according to John Mansfeldt, disseminating information helpful to families and children is one of the more important services it provides.
Mansfeldt, who is treasurer of the KCCC, said getting out information helpful to families is the purpose of the 20th annual Family Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Copper Country Mall. The event is free and open to the public.
"It's basically to get the families aware of all the services in the community," he said. "There's going to be about 25 different (informational) booths."
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The Kiwanis Family Fun Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and features informational booths, face painting, cookie decorating, music and an illusionist.
Topics to be covered at the event include child development, communicating with children, nutrition, safety and health and self esteem.
The information is not presented on a schedule, however, Mansfeldt said.
"People just walk up to (the booths)," he said.
Besides the informational booths, Mansfeldt said there will be free activities for children and families, including face painting, animals, cookie decorating and book giveaways. Mercy EMS will be present and the Upper Peninsula Power Co. will have a safety display. There will also be a drawing for a $50 Visa card.
During the event, Mansfeldt said there will be entertainers, including illusionist J.T. Stafford, a Celtic dance group, a mandolin trio and members of the Copper Country Suzuki Association. Each will perform at the mall's center court.
Mansfeldt said he's been involved with the Family Fair for 10 years. Last year, more than 600 people attended the fair, and most of the comments he's heard have been positive.
"They all love it," he said.