OABEST Expo Draws Large Crowd

Octorara 06 Jun 2016
OABEST Expo Draws Large Crowd

By Jack Mariano

Many displays

The Octorara Area Best Expo held on Saturday June 4, offered a variety of sights, sounds and smells…..yes smells (of the barbecue grill cooking up hot dogs, hamburgers and sausages).  the “sights” varied from out door displays as well as indoor displays including the student science fair and and excellent display of Octorara’s fine arts, the sounds of the Octorara Jazz Band playing contemporary music.

The event now in it’s 4th  year, was coordinated by K-12 Program Administrator Lisa McNamara.  Proceeds from OABEST are forwarded to the individual groups who run the stands.  For example, the Student Council populates the concession stand so, the profits from that stand go back into the Student Council to help fund their projects throughout the school year.  Exhibits and stands run by the Agriculture Arts Department are garnered by that group for their school year projects. 

According to  Superintendent Dr. Thomas Newcome who coordinated the first three events, “It was certainly a great day.  Lisa McNamara was vital to the success of the day as she coordinated the day this year.  It was important that the event get a fresh set of eyes working on the development of the day and she gave it the new eyes it needed and the energy to take the day to a new level.” 

more pictures of the event are below:

 

Octorara Science Fair

Octorara Science Fair

The outdoor displays included demonstrations by the Chester County Sheriff’s Department, The Chester County department of Emergency Services; The Cochranville and Keystone Valley  Fire departments Rescue; The Christiana Fire Company Kids activity and the Octorara Area Homeland Security & Protective Services Academy.

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Christiana Fire Company kids exercise

 

 

Firefigher cadetsdemonstrate repelling down the building

Members of Octorara Area Homeland Security & Protective Services Academy

 

Keystone Valley and Cochranville fire/rescue demonstrate removing the roof from a car.

Keystone Valley and Cochranville fire/rescue squads demonstrate removing the roof from a car.

 

 

 

Justine Leaman (area manager) and Caitlin Mariano from Victory Beer handing out samples of their excellent root beer.

Justine Leaman (area manager) and Caitlin Mariano from Victory Beer handing out samples of their excellent root beer.

 

Wawa - free coffee and cold drinks

Wawa – free coffee and cold drinks and grill samples.

 

Chester County Sheriff's Department K 9

Chester County Sheriff’s Department K 9

 

OABEST main vendor tent

OABEST main vendor tent

 

Representative John Lawrence

Representative John Lawrence

 

 

 

 

 

CorvetteThe winner of the 2016 Corvette, auctioned off by the track boosters was Kathleen McCarthy from Parkesburg

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