Here’s your chance to have some fun while helping children in need.

The new Valley Falls State Park Reception Center will host the first “Try It for the Kids” food-tasting event from 1-5 p.m. Saturday.

All proceeds will benefit Camp Nabe, a summer bereavement camp for children.

“Our goal is to raise $5,000 to make sure all the kids can go to camp for free this year,” said Kayleigh Jordan, event planner with Valley Falls State Park.

She added it’s hoped to make this an annual event.

Admission is $5 for advance tickets and $10 at the door.

Area vendors and caterers will ply their fares and tempt taste buds with samples of their specialties.

“You can try anything you want,” she said. “We will also have raffles from local businesses and a massage therapist. It’s going to be a big event.”

Camp Nabe is open to children from age 7-17 who have experienced the loss of a loved one. It’s offered free of cost to any child in West Virginia.

Sponsored by Hospice Care Corp., the camp will be held June 30-July 2 at Camp Dawson in Preston County. It will intermix fun activities with coping skills and appropriate alternatives in expressing their grief.

The center is located 10 minutes on Route 310 off the Downtown Fairmont Exit of I-79.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.

For more information, call 265-5050 or 1-800-350-1161 or visit www.valleyfallsreceptioncenter.com.

For more information about Camp Nabe, call Hospice Care Corp. at 1-800-350-1161.

E-mail Debra Minor Wilson at dwilson@timeswv.com.

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