Palouse Family Fair: Celebrate 26 years of community

Resource tables available to families

GABRIELLE BOWMAN, Evergreen news co-editor

The Palouse Family Fair is celebrating its 26 year and second-year collaboration with Families Together for people with disabilities. 

The fair is from 1–4 p.m. April 22, at the Pullman Playfields.

This year the fair has around 30 to 40 resource tablings, Christine Oakley, the chair of the Palouse Alliance said.

Oakley said the organizations that help fund the fair are the Palouse Alliance who puts on the event and this year they received a grant from the Lewis Clark Valley Health Care Foundation. 

Oakley said the primary reason for the fair is to offer resources from nonprofit organizations, agencies and organizations that provide services to the community, some of these resources include physicals from Pullman Regional Hospital and a bike clinic hosted by 3Forks Bike Shop.

“Our mission is to really connect families and individuals and communities around resources,” Oakley said.

She said the Palouse Alliance wants to break down barriers to community relations, community health and wellness to ensure that everyone in the community has access to those resources.

One of the organizations that will be present at this year’s fair is the Neill Public Library.

The library will dedicate its table at the fair to showcase its upcoming summer reading program 2023 titled “All Together Now,”  said Rachael Ritter, the Youth Service librarian. 

“I feel like that is the heart of what our library services provide is just resources for the community and everyone has different needs and we’re hopeful that we can meet some of those needs or connect people to those needs,” Ritter said.

Different events will also take place at the fair such as the Walk and Roll event and the wheelchair obstacle course.

Oakley said the Walk and Roll event is like a walk-a-thon but more inclusive to those in wheelchairs. 

“The primary goal is to create an environment that is inclusive of people with all abilities,” she said. 

The wheelchair obstacle course is put on by the Disability Action Center located in Moscow and this obstacle course lets others experience what it is like to be in a wheelchair, she said.

“To have something in Pullman that is specifically raising awareness for people with disabilities is good,” said Beth Ficklin, a past volunteer for the fair. “It kind of shows that people with disabilities that they have a place in our community [and] that we care about them.” 

The fair will also offer a yoga demonstration and the Pullman Fire Department and Pullman Police Department will also be there.