Set up is underway for one of Marshall County‘s biggest events of the year. Thousands of people will be at the Moundsville State Penitentiary Wednesday for the Back to School Fun Fair.
Kids from preschool to 12th grade will not only receive school supplies and hygiene products, but free dental checks, health screenings, and haircuts.
Preparation for the Back to School Fun Fair began way before volunteers began setting up at 6:30 this morning. Organizer Susie Baker says preparation for the 15th Annual Marshall County Back-to-School Fun Fair began immediately after last year’s event ended. With over 55 agencies involved, Baker says none of this would be possible without their support. Baker started the Fun Fair because of her own childhood experiences and says she knew this is something she has wanted to do since she was 5 years old.
“It’s my heart. It’s the easiest; it’s about a 320 day a year job and it’s the easiest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” says Susie Baker.
“This is really something that Susie Baker has made her life mission to make sure that children and families are not only able to start school in a way that they have their school supplies but that she thinks about the entire family,” says Stacie Dai.
The Back to School Fun Fair will take place at the former West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville Wednesday from 8 a.m. until noon.