Pendleton - The popular Back-to-School Fair, held annually in Falls Park, has been canceled this year due to a lack of volunteers.
But the Pendleton Christian Church sponsored event, which raised funds for school supplies for needy children in the area, could come back to the community in some form in the future, according to Jen Mollet, PCC’s director of communications.
“We’re still going to do something so we can purchase school supplies for the children on the free and reduced lunch program,” Molley said. “But we’re not doing the fair this year.”
Mollet said while the need for the supplies was still there, it had become difficult to find help for the annual fair.
“We started the fair 10 years ago,” Mollet said. “And as the years have gone by, it’s become harder and harder to find volunteers and get people involved. It was a really hard decision for us, but we did decide to not hold the fair this year.”
The church conducted a Dan’s Fish Fry Friday, Aug. 2 to help raise funds for the school supplies instead.
“Last year, we barely made what we needed to buy the supplies,” Mollet said. “It had just become too difficult to pull off.”
She added that the church spent $3,000-5,000 on school supplies each year. She also said the back-to-school fair might make its way back to the park in some way in the future.
“There is a possibility it could come back next year,” Mollet said. “I don’t expect it back that soon, but I do expect us to do something similar in the future.”