Kids harvest plenty of fun at YWCA Fall Family Festival

Published on Thursday, 12 October 2017 22:25
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - Families with young children made their way to the YWCA’s fifth annual Fall Family Festival Thursday to celebrate the season.

From 4 to 7 p.m. children were able to participate in countless activities such as pumpkin painting, sing-a-longs, a photo booth, dance performances, a puppet show, a bounce house, carnival games, face painting and seasonal crafts.

They also enjoyed local farm fresh food, popcorn, apple cider and donuts and plenty of other New Britain based vendors.

It was the second year in a row that Veronica Martinez brought her daughter Ariel Garcia to the festival.

She said her daughter enjoys the fall-themed activities, especially the photo booth.

Proceeds raised from the event will go to support United Way and YWCA Youth Sports programming.

“The festival is an event to bring families together,” said Community Wellness Director Valerie Cammarota. “It’s also a forum that we use so we can bring resources to parents.”

Many of the vendors present throughout the event were generally those that serve 4-9 age groups or promote healthy and family activities.

For example, Cammarota said, the puppet show is the “heart healthy puppet show” and other activities to focus on family health.

“We grow a little bigger every year and add new services every year so we can cater to what families need and what they ask for,” she said.

Students from New Britain High School and Diloreto Elementary & Middle School volunteered at the fall festival to gain experience in mentorship and community service.

Klaudia Sasiela, an eighth-grader at Diloreto, said it was her first time volunteering at the event. She said the year before she applied to be a member of the National Junior Honor Society, a leadership organization in middle and high schools that also helps out with events at the YWCA.

“We’ve had volunteers that come back four or five years in a row that just love giving back to the community and they just love giving back to the families,” Cammarota said.

She added that the vendors like coming to the events as well because they are able to connect with families that they may not normally get to interact with.

“It’s part of our mission (at the YWCA) to empower women and empower families,” Cammarota said. “So by offering events like this it really brings families together and let’s them do wholesome activities together.”

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 12 October 2017 22:25. Updated: Thursday, 12 October 2017 22:28.