On Saturday, a community fair will celebrate public servants during the first Appreciation Day BBQ, benefiting the Erik Hite Foundation. The fair is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at East Lawn Cemetery, 5801 E. Grant Road.
While some might think it unusual to hold a fair in a cemetery, not so in some places, such at East Lawn’s sister cemetery, South Lawn, where barbecues and other family gatherings are common.
“We want people to have a different perspective of who we are,” said Paula Behrman, who coordinates outreach for East Lawn Palms Mortuary and Cemetery. “We want to recognize our public servants, and everything we’re doing is very respectful.”
The celebration is on a large undeveloped area on the northeast side of the cemetery. Family fun includes horse rides, face painting, a family photo booth, vehicle displays, student art show, community booths with information and giveaways. Four schools will display students’ original art.
Public servants (fire fighters, police officers, military members) eat free from East Lawn’s barbecue tent and other vendors will have food for sale.
A drawing will support the Erik Hite Foundation to provide a child care center and family outreach programs for the children of law enforcement and emergency services personnel.
The event is co-sponsored by TMC Peppi’s House, Hospice Family Care and Agape Hospice.
Click on the Community Fair flier for more information.