Take 5

'No Scare Fair' — a magical place for children
Oct. 19, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

This week, we Take 5 with Cindy Hall about “No Scare Fair,” set for Oct. 26 at The Stevens Center in Sanford. No Scare Fair is a child-friendly Halloween festival that benefits Willing Hands Inc., a nonprofit organization with the goal of benefiting at-risk and homeless families in Lee County. Hall, who's helping to organize No Scare Fair, is a member of the board of directors of Family Promise, a program that helps homeless families get back on their feet.

For those who aren't familiar with it, what is No Scare Fair?

No Scare Fair is a magical place created for children between the ages of 2 and 10 and their families. This fun-filled, fantastic festival always happens the Saturday before Halloween, which this year falls on Oct. 26. This is our 12th annual event, and each year gets bigger and better. The children are encouraged to come in costume to this non-scary, entertaining, interactive event. After the children stroll down Jack-O-Lantern Lane to pick up the most amazing treats little ones could ever imagine, the fun continues with crafts, games, puppet shows, face painting and the wonderful children's costume parade and dance. We have six 90-minute time slots beginning at 9 a.m.

Where can I get tickets to participate?

Tickets are $5 and available from Capital Bank, Broadway Hardware, F & W Playhouse and The Stevens Center.  Don't wait to get your tickets, as all the sessions typically sell out. Celebrate this wonderful event planned for the children with the purpose of also helping Lee County at-risk families.

What is the purpose of No Scare Fair?

The purpose is twofold — first, to provide a fun, safe and non-scary environment for families to enjoy. Seeing the look of delight in a child’s eyes as he or she enters the festival is comparable to a journey to a magical place with sights and sounds that overwhelm a child of any age. Second, this is a fundraiser to give back to the community, specifically to at-risk families. Once again this year, No Scare Fair is partnering with Family Promise, as well as HAVEN and The Stevens Center.

How can I get involved?

Do you want to feel like a child for a day? Marilyn Elliot [(919) 498-2676] and Marilyn Gilliam [(919) 478-5292] are this year’s volunteer coordinators. Volunteers are needed to help set up the event on Friday, including set up tables and crafts, set up treat doors and decorate in general. Volunteers are needed to pass out candy and treats at each door for all six sessions. Volunteers are needed to help with crafts and games. Volunteers are needed to help break down Sunday afternoon after the event. If you can help in any way, call our volunteer coordinators.

How will this help at-risk families?

Willing Hands Inc. was founded to help build community and celebrate a cross section of Lee County residents. We are an all-volunteer agency that is in partnership with Family Promise of Lee County, a program that began Nov. 11, 2011, to address the situation of homeless families in Lee County. This program takes in families and works with them through schooling, job searching and making good financial decisions.

The program partners with 24 churches in Lee County. These churches take turns hosting families for a week at a time by providing a place to sleep and have meals until they are able to transition into housing. By working together, we are able to raise the needed funds to help at-risk families. We ask our corporate, civic and individual sponsors to once again join us in giving back to our community.