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Back-to-school safety fair scheduled for Saturday, July 29

RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2006

LEESBURG — The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST), in cooperation with the Lake County Department of Public Works, local law enforcement agencies and Lake Square Mall, will host the 2006 Back-to-School Safety Fair on Saturday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the mall, located at 10401 U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg.

An annual event, the fair provides families an opportunity to prepare for the school year by offering several important safety programs including bicycle and helmet safety, a child-seat checkpoint, free school immunizations, child identification and other displays and demonstrations. Children can also meet Sir Gus Jr., the kissing camel, at the fair. The 2006 Back-to-School Safety Fair is sponsored by Publix, Coca-Cola, AAA Auto Club South and the 18th Masonic District.

“We encourage Lake County families to attend this event to safely prepare for the start of the school year,” said Noble Olasimbo, Chairman of the CTST.

Last year about 1,600 residents attended the fair. The 2006 event coincides with the state’s sales-tax holiday, which takes effect on Saturday, July 22, and runs until midnight on July 30. Sales tax is exempt on books, clothing, footwear and certain school supplies. For more information about the tax-free holiday, log on to www.myflorida.com/dor/taxes/tax_holiday.html.

The Lake County CTST is a multi-jurisdictional agency with cooperation between Lake County, its municipalities, other organizations and concerned citizens. The CTST uses a multi-disciplinary approach to solve roadway safety problems in Lake County and is comprised of individuals representing engineering, law enforcement, emergency services, traffic-safety education and the public.

For more information about the 2006 Back-to-School Safety Fair, call Noble Olasimbo or Cheryl Sutherland at (352) 253-4986.

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