A Meet and Greet Expo will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Creekside Park in New Bern.
The park is located at 1821 Old Airport Road in New Bern.
The event, sponsored by Friends of the Craven County Sheriff’s Office and the Colonial Capital Humane Society, will feature demonstrations from CCSO’s K-9 department, food trucks, vendors, local talent and Possumwood Acres will have raptors and other wild animals being rehabilitated by the sanctuary.
Organizer Tyker Gonzalez, chairman of the Craven County Friends Sheriff’s Office, said his organization is fundraising for dogs for the CCSO’s Animal Welfare Services Department.
“These are the two most recent departments in the sheriff’s office and their budget requests were quite difficult to start with Hurricane Florence and did not end because of COVID, so some of us had the felt like they really needed a boost and the community was fantastic, ”Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said they have raised more than $ 40,000 since December through their various fundraisers and private donations.
“Since Sheriff Hughes took over animal welfare services that previously fell under a different county entity, more than 100 people have been convicted of animal cruelty,” Gonzalez said. “The sheriff’s office didn’t have a canine unit, and now they have 4 or 5 dogs that we support,” she said.
The Craven County Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for new hires and will be hosting a career fair during the event.
Major David McFayden said his office is seeking applications for employees for all divisions of the sheriff’s office, such as investigations, laboratories and patrols, with a focus on school resource officers.
“We will have people who will explain the different divisions of the sheriff’s office and solicit people who might be of interest to come and work with us,” McFayden said. “We have just absorbed some of the schools in the city, so we have grown and need resource officers to work in these schools,” he said.
Here are some of the expected suppliers:
A local artist who provides personalized artwork. For more information, call 252-447-5656.
2. Bones of the boss
A Jacksonville vendor that provides natural, healthy, homemade dog treats. For more information, visit bossbonesnaturaltreats.com.
3. Tasty Thai with jasmine
A local food truck offering authentic Thai cuisine. For more information, visit www.jasminetastythai.com.
4. Snow weather 252
This vendor is from Vanceboro and will provide crushed ice and other cold treats to customers. They have a storefront located at 8168 Main Street in Vanceboro and can be reached at 919-525-4760.