Family Fest Returns This Weekend


Bridge View Center, in collaboration with partners Hy-Vee, Alliant Energy, Ottumwa Community Schools, the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, and United Way of Wapello County presents the 6th Annual Family Fest to be held on Saturday, March 4 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The show is FREE and open to the public. All families are encouraged to attend.

Family Fest will have exhibit areas to showcase regional businesses, non-profits, service organizations, and others who sell and/or provide products and services to families and youth throughout the Ottumwa community and SE Iowa region. There are many hands-on exhibits for families to enjoy at Family Fest 2020! Families will be able to check out Safety City, which will feature a fire truck, police cars, and ambulance services. Local police, fire and rescue staff will be on-site to describe their services and answer any questions.

Families can enjoy the inflatables, bounce houses, games, and other fun activities in a fun zone.  This ‘fun zone’ also helps parents and kids get out of the house, enjoy some physical exercise, and get past the typical ‘cabin fever syndrome’ many of us in Iowa see during the winter months when there are less outdoor activities for our kids.

An entertainment stage will be located in one area of the event to celebrate and showcase our youth throughout our region.  Entertainment acts may include, but not limited to, dance programs or studios, youth music programs, nature and/or outdoor education by a local DNR Naturalist, reading programs and fun by an area library to showcase youth reading, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H showcase, and many others.

Along with the Entertainment Stage, South Central Iowa STEM Council, Indian Hills Community College, and
Ottumwa Community Schools will be doing activities and demonstrations. Kids will have the chance to
experience educational components to inspire, build interest, and be exposed to the fun and exciting world of
the arts, sciences, technology, engineering, and math.

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