EMU to Host TV-3 Children First Day

Children First Day, an annual Harrisonburg event that draws thousands of families each year, will be held at EMU’s University Commons Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sponsored primarily by TV-3 (WHSV), families have enjoyed this fun-filled event, geared toward children, since 1996.

2007 Children First Day at EMU
TV-3 staff make a grand entrance at the 2007 Children First Day, arriving in front of University Commons on a horse-drawn cart. (Courtesy TV-3)

2008 marks the second time EMU has hosted the fun afternoon, which will include demonstrations, crafts, great food, a petting zoo, special shows, and more. Community groups will also be on hand with safety and health information for those attending. (Interested vendors should note the event is free.)

“We outgrew our last location and were looking for a place with good values. A place that makes you feel safe…and that’s EMU,” said Tina Wood, WHSV promotion manager of the event.

In 2007, more than 3,000 families spent the day on EMU’s campus (see campus map). This year, Wood anticipates more than 5,000 families will be in attendance.

2007 Children First Day at EMU
Vendors set up in the gym of University Commons in 2007. (Courtesy TV-3)

Only 50 volunteers facilitated the entire event in 2007. This year, Wood and Lynn Veurink, assistant director of auxiliary services at EMU, hope more volunteers join up, providing even more fun for the thousands of children present.

“This event truly brings community together but it takes a massive amount of help in order for it to be a success,” said Veurink. “There are many ways to help.”

Contact Lynn Veurink at (540) 432-4663 or lynn.veurink@emu.edu for more information on the event or to sign up as a volunteer.