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Wilson families can have fun while fighting hunger and promoting positive behavior Saturday at the Fike High School Community Fair.
Organized by 32 members of the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, the fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the high school football stadium.
The event was moved forward by an hour in an effort to avoid Saturday afternoon’s predicted thunderstorms.
“We all came up with a fair that would lead to kids coming out having fun and just showing leadership in our community,” said senior Jordan Bonner.
The money raised at the fair will go to support Children’s Hunger Elimination of Wilson.
“That is a really big problem we have in Wilson, especially with kids at Fike,” said junior Caroline Searcy.
If local schools meet their positive behavior in school, or PBIS, requirements, they are given a certain number of passes that they can use to get into the fair for free.
Entry to the fair is free, but VIP armbands can be purchased for $10 that give kids the opportunity to ride all of the rides all day long.
“We thought that was a very good price,” said Kim Howard, adviser for the leader academy at Fike. “We have over 12 shopping vendors, and then we will have a bunch of food vendors as well. We are going to have pony rides, a petting zoo, rides. It is going to be a really big event for our community.”
Vendors include Farmington Heights Church, Power Plex, Education Exchange, Beauty and Beast Boutique, S and J Facepainting, Scentzy, Paparazzi Jewelry, Donor Foundation, Sweet and Sassy Treats, Sloanez Crafts and Thangz, Shade by Shonte and Honey Dip Butters.
Food vendors include Taste of Texas, 3 Stars Kettle Korn, Wards, Chick-fil-A, Pelicans and Sea Breeze Italian Ice.
In addition to pony rides and petting zoo, there will be inflatable bounce houses and a variety of amusement park rides and train rides from Abrams amusements in Pinetops.
Chick-fil-A Leader Academy students have been working on the project since February.
“The mission for leader academy is to have young leaders from our community to help others to be a success in life,” Jordan said.
“I think this is another way for people to come out and have fun with their families and just have a Saturday with a lot of really cool things going on,” Caroline said.
Students went out into the community to individuals and businesses to get the preliminary funds to get the amusement rides.
Sponsors paid $100 to $300 to finance the amusements.
“Everything we make at the door is clear profit for the CHEW Foundation,” Howard said. “These kids are fantastic to have a heart to be able to put all this time and effort into it and go out into the community to get the word out. I just want Wilson County Schools to be highlighted as being a positive place where great things are going on. We have a great community here at Fike High School, and we just want this to be as successful as possible.”
Members of Fike’s Beta Club and National Honor Society are also helping volunteer for the event.
“It is going to be a really big event, but it is well planned, and we have enough volunteers to make it go as smoothly as possible,” Howard said.
Fike Principal Randy St. Clair said he was proud of the students.
“No. 1, this was their idea,” St. Clair said. “The thing about the Chick fil-A Leader Academy is it promotes leadership. It promotes ingenuity. It puts them in the forefront of creating something that is going to benefit the community, so I am excited for them.”