From baked goods to slime, local children will showcase their entrepreneurial skills on Saturday at Bastrop’s first annual children’s trade fair.
Organized by several local groups, the event will feature 50 kids with their own business creations in the parking lot of the First National Bank, 489 Texas 71 in Bastrop, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It is a free event meant to foster creativity, entrepreneurship and responsibility in children, said event organizer Brent Golemon.
Golemon, who has six children, said he cares deeply about creating a community environment in which children can thrive.
Together with his wife, Golemon recently opened Light House Academy, a private Acton Academy school in Bastrop structured differently from traditional learning to allow children to explore projects at their own pace, he said.
Organizing a children’s trade fair is just another tool for children to learn and develop their life skills and creativity, Golemon said.
âYou don’t even have to promote it, (the kids) have it,â he said. âAll we do is exhibit it. “
Lydia Winton, a 10-year-old business owner, is excited to show off her special dog biscuits at the fair, she said.
Winton’s two dogs, Penny and Ginger, don’t like peanut butter, which inspired her at the age of six to bake and bake cookies with other flavors her dogs would actually enjoy, she declared.
âI like to make my dogs happy,â Winton said.
Lmri Lytle, another young entrepreneur, is also excited to share her art with Bastrop, she said.
8-year-old Lytle, who has created art all his life, will sell canvases and magnetic paintings at the fair alongside his brother, Judah.
Lytle loves everything about art, which she creates taking inspiration from the real world and space, she said.
âI love the way you can imagine things and make a picture of them. And you can do whatever you want, âLytle said.
Organizers originally planned to feature 20 young “kidpreneurs,” but quickly grew to 50 as interest in the fair increased, Golemon said.
Children attending the fair are responsible for setting up their stands, selling products and interacting with customers without the help of a parent.
The event will also feature prizes awarded to three age groups for the greatest business potential, the most creative idea and the most impressive presentation.
âThe young people of today are the innovators and business leaders of tomorrow,â said Savannah Golemon, one of the event organizers. “The Children’s Business Fair gives students the opportunity to spread their entrepreneurial wings and get a head start on promising business careers.”
Light House Academy, Bluebonnet Electric, First National Bank, Roscoe State Bank and Kevin White Realty Group are sponsoring the fair.