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Safetyville USA turns 25

This Saturday, Safetyville USA will be celebrating 25 years of promoting safety and accident prevention to the community’s families and children.

Held in combination with the 12th annual Safety and Health Expo held at Safetyville every year, this year’s expo is sure to be extra special. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the free event throughout the day.

The expo will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and birthday festivities are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., when a birthday cake will be served with ice cream to children. Afterward, Safetyville will unveil their new mascot to the public. The mock-city’s dignitaries, former mayor and citizens-of-the-year will be on hand to partake in the celebration.

Safetyville is a scaled-down faux-city designed to replicate an actual city (but one-third of the size), and features sidewalks, crosswalks, streetlights, fire and police stations and businesses found in real cities. The city gives tours to over 10,000 kids per year, and since its opening in 1984 has educated around 125,000 kids from all over Northern California, according to their website.

While Safetyville is geared toward the younger set, families and members of all ages are welcome to attend. The event will feature more than 84 booths offering health and safety resources through interactive displays, and members of local law enforcement and firefighting chapters will be on hand to meet and greet children, along with many other organizations.

Kid-friendly snacks like nachos, popcorn and snowcones will be sold, and raffles and giveaways of various safety-related products are planned for attendees.

Kovar’s Karate, Granite Bay Dance Connect and magician Trevor Wyatt are all scheduled to provide entertainment, and News10’s Darla Givens and 96.1 FM’s Jennifer Wood are also scheduled to make appearances.

The goal of Safetyville USA is to reduce the amount of injury and deaths of children by preventable accidents through teaching of skills like fire, bicycle, electrical, pedestrian, railroad and stranger safety.

Happy birthday, Safetyville!

Safetyville USA is located at 3909 Bradshaw Rd. off Highway 50.

Be sure to check out Sacramento Press’ coverage of the event on Sunday.

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