Safety Fair reverts back to earlier date; to be held this Saturday

Sean C. Morgan

That bag of mail with sensitive personal information you couldn’t find time to shred over the past year, you can toss it Saturday.

If your kids’ heads grew or they’ve cracked a helmet over the past year, free helmets are available Saturday.

Linn-Co Federal Credit Union is providing shredder truck service at the 11th Annual Jim Bean Public Safety Fair, and the Sweet Home Police Department, with support from the Santiam Spokes Bicycle Club, is giving away new bike helmets to children.

The Safety Fair returns to June this year and runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sweet Home Police Department, 1950 Main St.

“We had tried a couple of different options,” said Community Services Officer Gina Riley. “We decided collectively that we wanted to return back to June after the kids are out of school.”

In recent years, the Police Department held the fair in conjunction with National Nite Out in August, Riley said. That was OK, but the number of children attending was low. Last year, it was held alongside the Community Health Fair.

But June is safety awareness month, Riley said, and children are just out of school and getting busy playing outside for the summer.

“We feel like we’re targeting a larger audience if we do it at the beginning of the summer,” Riley said.

Police Department volunteers will provide free bike inspections, registration and helmets and free child ID kids. Children can fill out a passport by visiting each booth and can enter a drawing for prizes, including bicycles.

The prescription drug disposal box will be up set outside the police station, and Jacobs, formerly CH2M Hill OMI, which operates the city’s water and wastewater treatment plants, will provide free hot dogs and soda.

Booths will be staffed during the event by Oregon State Police, Sweet Home Public Works, Linn County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol, the Coast Guard the Public Library, the ham radio group, Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Sweet Home Community Pool and more. The event also includes drawings for adult prizes. Also, Gemma, SHPD’s new K9 officer, will be present.

For more information about the event, call SHPD at (541) 367-5181.