The annual back to school fair was held at the Mason County STEAM building on Wednesday.
The event was open to families with children attending a Mason County School from 4-6 p.m. During the day, families were invited to pick up school supplies, eat pizza from Pasquale’s and enjoy a Kona Ice on their way out. Inside the building, children could take pictures with props inside a photo booth or play on one of two bouncy houses.
Some of the school supplies available included folders, notebooks, pen, pencils and just about anything students needed before returning to school next week.
Each of the schools, Mason County High School, Middle School, Intermediate School and Straub Elementary all had their own booths with bags of school supplies.
Bags at the Straub booth included 10 pencils, one package of crayons, two packages of glue sticks, one package of markers, one pair of scissors and one folder for second grade students and also included a notebook for first grade students.
Straub Attendance Clerk and Secretary Amanda Moran said she expected to see several students or parents stop by the booth.
“We are hopefully going to serve several hundred,” she said. “We’re hoping we run out of the supplies.”
The event is something parents and students enjoy attending.
Amy Fite said was attending with her daughter, Atlanta Fite, and trying to just pick up school supplies and enjoy the day.
“It’s pretty decent,” she said. “We were just looking for school supplies. They have a lot more stuff this year. It’s changed a little bit. It’s fun for the kids.”
Atlanta, who is going into eighth grade, said she likes visiting the back to school fair.
“I like it,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Tiffany Henderson attended the event with five children in tow. Three of those children will be attending Straub Elementary or Intermediate School.
“I like the back to school fair because it gets the kids in the mood to go back to school,” she said. “They get to pick up their school supplies and meet some new people. It’s just a great event.”
Hailey Henderson, who will be going into third grade, said she is excited for school to start.
“I can’t wait to go back,” she said. “I like the back to school fair. My favorite part is the bouncy houses and the free school supplies.”
“She was really excited,” Tiffany Henderson added. “She thought she was going back today.”
Mason County Schools Superintendent Rick Ross said the event is put on for families in order to help with school supplies and get the children ready to return to school.
“It’s always put on by our wonderful community partners and the Family Youth Services Center are the big organizers,” he said. “The community comes together to provide school supplies and other free stuff for families. There are bouncy houses and food available. We have the bouncy houses and Kona Ice this year for children, as well.”
Ross said the number of people attending the event every year pushes close to 1,000 people.