Parents and children browsed the many booths available on Trane Road. (Photo by Charles Black)
BULLHEAD CITY — Parents escorted their children through neatly aligned rows of 80 vendor booths Saturday on Trane Road, hoping to find just the right activity to keep their little ones engaged this summer.
“The reason we do this is to keep kids busy, because they complain there is nothing to do,” said Larry Tunforss, event coordinator of the Second Annual Kiwanis Kids Expo. “The idea behind the whole thing is that parents can go through all of the different booths and find things to keep their children busy.”
The primary purpose of the event was to offer activities to enrich and entertain children throughout the year. Among the vendors were churches, non-profit organizations, businesses, school districts, learning groups, police and fire departments, sports teams and activity groups. Also, booths with state, county and city services were available to the public.
Every year, the Kiwanis Kids Expo is primarily sponsored by Tri State Arcade / Don’s Kid Kastle Laser Tag. Last year, they donated $4,000 to help keep the tri-state area’s youth engaged in meaningful activities. They have used the funding to purchase banners, posters, gift collection bags and 13,000 flyers for the tri-state area.
The event receives assistance from a variety of places. The local junior ROTC at Mohave High School program handles all of the set-up and tear-down of the booths. The Kiwanis Bullhead City, Morning club purchased 80 canopies. A donor allowed free usage of a storage unit in Needles to house the supplies and canopies between events. The Bullhead City Chamber of Commerce loaned its building for assembling the boxed canopies.
“Bullhead City helps us a lot,” Tunforss said. “They shut down Trane Road for the event, provided golf carts, water and electricity, and they also allowed free admission to the pool and splash pad during the day of the event. The city manager and the parks department are so easy to work with.”