FARMINGTON — Preparations for the 28th annual Children’s Festival planned for Feb. 13 are well under way but the host, the Franklin County Children’s Task Force, is looking for some help this year.

Up to 1,500 people have attended the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. annual event held at Olsen Student Center at the University of Maine in past years. It has offered fun and entertainment for families, free of charge, on a Saturday in February.

Donations are down significantly for this year’s event. While monetary donations will help provide the normal variety of entertainment for the day, donations of some basic items would help free up funds for entertainment, said Janis Crandall from the task force.

“Everything’s tight this year. We’ll purchase what we have to but (with help) there would be more money for kids’ entertainment,” she said. Entertainment plans are being finalized but some appearances for the day are contingent on funding.

The type of basic items being sought are donations of paper plates, plastic spoons and table cloths. About 30 plastic tablecloths with no backing and in different colors found at the local dollar stores would suffice. Another item, bubble wrap with large bubbles, is sought for one children’s activity.

“Even the donation of five or 10 tablecloths would help,” she said.

Volunteers are also
needed to help on Feb. 13. Some local student groups have been invited to participate but organizers were pleased when a mother called volunteering herself and her daughter.

Anyone interested in helping or donating items is asked to call the Children’s Task Force at 778-6960 so that everything can be coordinated. Monetary donations can be sent directly to the Franklin County Children’s Task Force, 113 Church St. Farmington, ME 04938.

The Franklin County Children’s Task Force has served the families of the Franklin County and Livermore Falls area for the past 32 years through a variety of programs aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect through family support and education programs.

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