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Youth Sports Fair is Saturday

Families and individuals in the Wenatchee Valley interested in connecting with local youth sports organizations will once again have that opportunity Saturday, January 21st. The Wenatchee Valley Youth Sports & Activities Fair will take place in the lower level of the Wenatchee Convention Center from 10am-2pm. Last year, over 30 organizations were on hand with an opportunity to explain details ranging from what is needed for equipment, the expectation of commitment, such as time requirements, and in some cases, the possibility of registering on the spot. The idea is ‘1-stop shopping’ for families to gain exposure to many of the opportunities available for area youth in a wide range of sports and activities.

Besides dozens of information booths, there will be a number of actual demonstrations taking place, giving an insight into the benefits of specific organizations. Some examples of demos or interaction include basketball, karate, and the Wenatchee Youth Circus. There is no admission charge for the public. Proceeds from booth sales benefit the Wenatchee Valley Sports Foundation Youth Scholarship Participation Fund, helping kids from needy families have the opportunity to afford to participate in sports and activities.

The Youth Sports & Activities Fair is held in conjunction with the Wenatchee Downtown Bundle-Up Festival. In the lower parking lot behind the Convention Center, at the entrance to the Fair, will be other fun activities, including a petting zoo, hay rides and s’mores. Also, the popular Bundle-Up Run will have the start & finish line in the same area. The Kid’s 1K Run begins at 11:30, with the Adult 5K starting at noon. The Apple Capital Loop Trail provides a majority of the course. The run this year is sponsored the Wenatchee Schools Cross Country Program.

It all adds up to a few hours of information and activities for all ages to enjoy!

Jerri Barkley