FAIRFIELD — While the rain kept some people indoors, the Kids Expo in downtown Fairfield managed to have a solid inaugural event Saturday.
Kari Miller, the event’s planner, said about 50 people made their way through the meeting room at the Solano County Events Center.
Around 20 vendors focusing on family and kid-friendly fare – everything from body-shaping wraps and handmade hair bows to online homeschooling programs – spent the afternoon showing off their wares.
Miller said the rain kept several vendors away and forced the entire event to move indoors, including the DJ.
“We couldn’t do the jumpy house, we couldn’t do the DJ outside, we couldn’t do the vendors outside, that would have pumped it up a lot bigger,” Miller said. “Not too bad for a rainy day, and we had a nice group of kids.”
Despite the difficulties, the event was able to get the word out about its main cause, raising money and school supplies for the Haitian School Program.
School founder Felix Saint Louis said he hoped for more turnout, but that he’s still working toward the goal of building a 12-classroom school building in Haiti.
Saint Louis started the school after being sent to Haiti in 1997 as part of a U.S. Marine Corps peacekeeping force after Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide left office.
The kids in the northeast Haiti community where he was deployed had no school to attend, so he decided to do something about it.
“Right now the kids are going to school in an old church,” Saint Louis, a former Fairfield resident said, adding that the school is up to 360 students now.
Saint Louis said he needs to raise about $15,000 to get the school built.
Saturday’s event, while not wholly unsuccessful, could have gone better, he said.
“Because of the rain, it wasn’t really what we expected,” Saint Louis said. “We’ve got to take whatever we can and deal with it.”
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