35,000 Attend Dallas Mayor's Back To School Fair

Alan Scaia
August 02, 2019 - 10:36 am
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Credit: Alan Scaia, 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Organizers say 35,000 were expected to attend the Dallas Mayor's Back to School Fair Friday. This is the 23rd year for the event at Fair Park.

People started lining up outside Centennial Hall before dawn Friday morning.

"This is very important. I come every year," says one woman who brought her daughter. "It helps me because we don't have much money. To get clothes and things, that's hard, but they make it easy."

Her daughter says the Back to School Fair gets her thinking about education again.

"You have to really think about how you're going back to school because we just forget all about school in the summertime," she said.

Down the line, another man started laughing, saying he looks forward to his kids going back to school.

"It gets them out of the house," he said.

Mayor Eric Johnson greeted families in line.

"I just remember being a kid; I came from a family where we didn't have a whole lot," he says. "There were times when your mind or your focus were distracted from what it should have been on because you were concerned about how you appeared to your peers."

Friday, families were able to pick up supplies and get medical, dental and vision screenings.​ Kids could also get vaccinations.

"What's tragic is we're seeing these measles cases across the country," says Dr. Philip Huang, the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services.

Across the country, more than 1,100 cases of measles have been confirmed this year. Huang says that is the most since 1992.

"We're a victim of our own success," he says. "Parents can forget how important vaccinations are, but they're very important."

The Tarrant County Back to School Round-Up is next Thursday.