LTON -- The first ever city of Alton Information Fair has been set for May 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wallace and Owens parking lot. Dinah Slaughter from Alton City Hall said the rain date for the event will be June 3 at the same time.
Slaughter said over 30 organizations, most of them non-profit, will be at the fair with handouts and other information free to the citizens of the area.
Steve Biffle, an officer with the Alton Police Department, will represent his office at the fair. He has helped Slaughter with the organizational efforts with the fair and said he is excited about the first time event.
"There are so many services, most free of charge, right here in our area available to people that many area residents do not know anything about," Biffle said. He said this will be one way to educate the community on the services offered.
"Our police department will have a booth telling people the seven top frauds and scams that occur in our area," the officer said. He said information on home security will also be offered.
"A lot of people in our community have found out the last few years that it is not a good idea to go off to work or anywhere else and leave their door unlocked anymore," Biffle said. He said because more people in the community are now using methamphetamine and they don't have money to buy the drug, they are stealing and breaking into homes to support their habits.
"We will be showing inexpensive ways to secure doors and windows in homes in our community," Biffle said.
Other organizations that will be represented at the Information Fair include the Air Evac Life Team, Alton Culture Club, Alton Lions Club, Alton Medical Clinic, Oregon County Food Pantry, MoDOT, Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and many others.