35,000 Attend Annual Mayor's Back to School Fair

Whether you like it or not, school will soon be back in session.

Thousands of students in Dallas are ready for their first day thanks to the Mayor's Back to School Fair held in Fair Park on Friday. It's the event’s 20th anniversary.

"Twenty years – we turned 20 this year – all these kids have been coming out to get school supplies ready for school. It's right around the corner. We have too many kids that can't afford good school supplies. It costs them hundreds of dollars. They come here, they get it free," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.

People began lining up before dawn outside the event at Centennial and Automotive Buildings.

An estimated 35,000 people attended the event, which gives low-income families a chance to stock up on school supplies.

Parents and children can also undergo health, dental and vision screenings.

Eight-thousand school supply packets were given out Friday, according to organizers. Packets include items students will need for their specific grade level.

"I am so thankful for this. I just really love what I got here. I just love the pink backpack so much," said fourth grader Kenyachta Crosby.

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