Around Town: No Scare Fair

NO SCARE FAIR | October 27

The Herald is proud to be a major annual sponsor of “No Scare Fair,” which takes place this weekend.  Here’s a “Take 5” that published last week about volunteers for the event…if you need tickets, e-mail me at and I’ll see if I can hook you up!

What’s the history of No Scare Fair?
This year’s event marks the 6th annual No Scare Fair. No Scare Fair, which is geared to children ages 2 to 10 and their families, began in 2002 as a way to share an exciting Halloween in a safe setting. The focus is on fun with storytelling, “trick or treating,” marching and other entertainment and crafts designed expressly for the 1,500-plus children of Lee County who have attended.

In 2002, No Scare Fair became part of Willing Hands Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, founded by Carol and Richard Carlson as a way to honor their daughter Cortney Carlson, who died in November 2002.

Tickets for the event are $3 per person, whether you are a tiny tyke or a great grandma. All proceeds go to benefit our most vulnerable citizens in Lee County.

There are six sessions at the fair: 9 – 10:20 a.m., 10:30 – 11:50 a.m., noon – 1:20 p.m., 1:30 – 2:50 p.m., 3 – 4:20 p.m., and 4:30 – 6 p.m. Tickets are available at all Capital Bank locations, The Imagination Station, Broadway Hardware and O’Connell’s Supermarket.

With so many volunteer opportunities in Lee County, why did you decide to commit so much time to No Scare Fair?
We have been involved with No Scare Fair for six years. Each year we choose to volunteer because we enjoy being a part of such a magical event for children that continues to touch all ages. Being a part of a one-day event that gives back to our community 365 days of the year is very rewarding.

How many volunteers are needed and what needs to be done?
More than 150 volunteers are needed to make No Scare Fair a success.

Volunteers are needed the day of the event to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, to assist with the art activities, to help with face painting and to entertain our little guests. In addition there is still so much to be accomplished before the day of the event. Some of the opportunities include:
• Food for the volunteer hospitality room
• Fortune tellers
• Candy counters
• Decorators the day prior, on Oct. 26
• Young, strong people to climb up and down ladders hanging balloons
• Young, strong people to help set up on Oct. 25 and take down on Oct. 28
• Cookie bakers for volunteers and for concessions

How do you recruit volunteers?
We send various clubs and organizations the list of volunteer opportunities with our contact information. We also recruit fellow workers, neighbors, and friends to help us get the word out. As a reminder to our approximately 80 returning volunteers we send “save-the-date” postcards. But most of the event sells itself. It is such a fun-filled, great, day that our volunteers return year after year. And besides, it’s a great excuse to dress up in a non-scary costume and be a kid all day.

What are the long-term impact of the fair?
The long-term effects of the fair are tremendous. It has enabled Willing Hands to donate more than $100,000 to various agencies in Lee County. No Scare Fair also showcases the influence of volunteerism, a unified community, and the wealth of diverse local talent. Children come from all over Lee County, as well as from neighboring counties, to celebrate with us.

To volunteer, contact Jamie Loomis by phone at (919) 718-1084 or e-mail at or Amanda Worrell by phone at (919) 708-7055 or e-mail at


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