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Youngsters run the show at annual Kids' Fair

 

Alison Buehler

Alison Buehler

 

 

Jan Swoope

 

 

Skill games, lemonade stands, art stations, food and crafts vendors -- it all sounds a lot like the small-town festivals so popular every spring. This event, however, boasts a twist: Kids are in charge.  

 

The Homestead Education Center's third annual Kids' Fair is set for Sunday from 4-6 p.m. in Starkville. Children are invited to unleash their inner entrepreneur and set up a booth.  

 

"It's like a little mini Cotton District Arts Festival," said Alison Buehler, who cofounded the center with her husband, Mike. "The kids love it, and are so creative. It's a great way for kids to learn about being entrepreneurial."  

 

Already, child-sized vendors have signed up to offer homemade ice cream, roasted corn, hot dogs and baked goods this year. Several plan to bring homemade jewelry or offer games like ball toss. Kids are encouraged to bring a table and chairs for their booth, and perhaps a tailgate-style tent, if desired. Buehler suggested children may want to work in pairs, in order to take turns tending their booth and visiting others' booths. 

 

"The best part? Kids get to keep their money, and they learn bartering skills," she noted.  

 

A new feature this year is a talent show, set to begin at 5 p.m.  

 

Homestead Center members may participate in the Kids' Fair and Talent Show at no cost but do need to register at thehomesteadcenter.com. Cost for friends and guests is $5 per family.  

 

The Homestead Education Center is located at 402 Lake Valley Road in Starkville. The center offers retreats and workshops throughout the year on topics including sustainable living and health and wellness.

 

Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.

 

 

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