While the event is a competition -- with our very own Traci Teudhope being a guest judge - there's a much deeper, more serious meaning to this event.
"We think raising awareness in the community is the way to help prevent child abuse and also stop it when it's occurring," said Michael Gaines, executive director of the Bradley H. Foulk Children's Advocacy Center of Erie County.
April is child abuse prevention month and that kind of abuse is a troubling issue here in Erie County.
"Each year, more than 1000 reports of possible child abuse are made to the Erie County Office of Children and Youth," said Gaines.
That is why the center is making sure people know about this kind of abuse and those involved in Sunday's event say they are proud to be able to help raise awareness about it.
"It's nice to get everyone in the community to come out and support this cause. Really as a community we need to stand up against it," said Leah Roscoe, a Gannon University student who participated as a vendor at the event.
Officials from the Erie County Child Abuse Task Force said if child abuse is not prevented, this issue can be devastating for future generations.
"We know child abuse is a multi-generational problems, and if we don't learn good skills to help our kids grow up, physically and mentally well, we're going to have problems in the long run," said task force co-coordinator Dr. Kathleen Patterson.
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