The 6th Annual Early Years Fair was held at the BCF on Thursday, Oct. 5. This year's event was spearheaded by Shauna Watson, the Coordinator of the Drumheller and Area Early Childhood Development Coalition.

The event has become something of a must-do for area parents looking for programs, services or information about raising children.

"We have a wide variety of agencies and organizations from the community here to share their resources, their programs, their services and share any information or answer any questions parents may have."

Families were asked to pre-register to get a head count for information packages, welcome bags and snacks for children. Although there were slightly fewer booths this year than in previous years, pre-registration numbers held up.

"Typically, we get around the 60 family mark," explained Watson. "We had around 45 families pre-registered, but we've already had several walk-ins ."

"Families know that they can come and walk in," elaborated Watson. "It's an event that is now in its 6th year so families are pretty familiar with this event every fall."

Children were able to get their faces painted, receive a book for free and make use of the giant play area while parents collected information from area organizations like Alberta Health Services, the library, For Sight Vision and both Greentree and St. Anthony's schools.

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