Miss Illinois and Miss Wisconsin talk character with students ahead of Red Ribbon Fun Fair

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – For nearly three decades, one program’s fun fair has spread the message of drug prevention to kids. Today, Miss Illinois, Abby Foster, and Miss Wisconsin, McKenna Collins, spent time talking character with elementary students ahead of the fair.

Foster and Collins handed out crowns and sashes to kids at St. Peter School all the while talking about academic, social, and emotional skills. The two will be attending the Red Ribbon Fun Fair to help promote healthy life styles and drug prevention this Saturday. The title holders, along with Winnebago County States Attorney Joe Bruscato, say the Red Ribbon program benefits kids in Northern Illinois and keep them out of trouble.

“We know that through studies and through experience that young people who have positive influences in their life are less likely to choose risky behavior therefore less likely to get involved in making judgements that could result that they end up in the criminal justice system,” says Winnebago County States Attorney, Joe Bruscato.

The fun fair takes place at Boylan High School this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year the event will be paying tribute to local firefighters along with more than 30 games, a t-shirt making station, and pizza from Papa John’s.