By Jack Mariano
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:
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.