Thousands Attend 43rd Ogdensburg Boys & Girls Club ExpoPosted: Updated:
Food, crafts, dancers, music, and lots of carnival games.
"We like to come play the games and the bounce house. She wants to win a fish," said Chelsey Simmons.
Simmons was one of the thousands of people enjoying these activities at the packed Ogdensburg Free Academy's Golden Dome this weekend for the 43rd Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club Expo.
The long-running event raises money for the club.
"It really supports our efforts at the club. We hope to net about $90,000," said Tom Luckie, executive director of the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club. "There's no greater investment a community can make than investing in the life of a child."
Many visitors started coming to the event as kids themselves and now bring their own children.
"I grew up around here so I've been coming to the Expo for a really long time," said Cassandra Fobare who attended the expo. "It's nice to see local businesses and just see what's in the community and it's fun for the kids."
Not only does the expo give families something fun to do over the weekend, but it also allows club members to get involved with their community.
Many of the volunteers are current or past members like Cale Sargent and MeSean Johnson.
"I had a lot of guidance from the club and they've done a lot for me," Johnson said. "Since I was really young until now, they still do a lot of stuff for me. It's good to help them and I can give back to the kids. I can give them the same treatment I got."
"Working the expo is so beneficial for these kids," Sargent said. "They know how much it means and they know they have a good thing going on and they want to keep it going."
Keep this huge event running for the community and its youngest residents.