Back to School Fairs 2024

I am absolutely shocked to say this, but back-to-school time is upon us yet again. That means there are many back-to-school fairs happening around our community! If you want to connect with other parents or need to grab some free supplies, check out the options below:

Rock the Community – Back to School Edition

Rock the Community presents Douglass Park. Free outdoor community event aimed to empower Columbia residents with positive programming and atmosphere. The become a vendor or to get involved contact us at 314-651-8735. Performances by TBA. Saturday July 27th 2pm-6pm. 3 point shoot out. Back to School Edition, free backpacks & school supplies.

Where: Douglass Park, 400 N. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO

When: Saturday, July 27, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Head to Douglass Park for fun times with friends and family. This outdoor community event will have a 3 point shoot out along with free backpacks and school supplies.

Harrisburg Baptist Church's Back to School Fair

Harrisburg Baptist Church Back to School Fair

Where: 340 E. Sexton Street, Harrisburg, MO
When: Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
If you will attend the Harrisburg R-8 School District this upcoming year, head to the Harrisburg Baptist Church for snacks, games, and free school supplies!

SERVE – Back-to-School Program

Back to School by Serve Inc. on a blackboard background, with school supplies surrounding it.

Where: Pickup is at 4901 County Road 304, Fulton, MO

When: Sign-ups open from June 15 – July 15

All Callaway County kids deserve to have access to the tools that they need for successful learning, regardless of their family’s income status. Every year SERVE, INC fills backpacks with the basic school supplies needed to start each student’s year off right! You may still sign your kiddos up for a backpack and hygiene kit, even if their school supplies are going to be provided by the school district. Sign up here.

Hallsville Inter-Church Council Back to School Bash

Hallsville Indians Logo

Where: Lemone Building Hallsville Fairgrounds, 500 E Hwy OO, Hallsville, MO

When: August 3, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Join other Hallsville families for free school supplies, door prizes, snacks and treats. Even if your child cannot attend with you, parents can grab supplies at 2:30 p.m.

Voluntary Action Center Back to School Health Fair

Back to School Program. VAC will be giving backpacks exclusively out of our office this year!! Distrubition Dates, July 15th- August 30th

Where: 403A Vandiver Dr., Columbia, MO

When: July 15 – August 30

To be more convenient, this wonderful service has changed from a one-day event to an ongoing service. Children do not have to be present to receive backpacks and supplies.

Community Back to School Bash

West Middle School's Community Fair

Where: 1769 W Ash St., Columbia, MO

When: August 16, 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Head to the pavilion where the Farmer’s Market is held for the only event this year with haircuts, physicals, shoes, supplies, hotdogs and food boxes.

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