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WOODSTOCK – As part of an Eagle Scout project, a Woodstock teen will be hosting a youth disabilities awareness fair and expo.

Zach Brokaw, a Woodstock North High School junior, has put more than 60 hours into planning the fair and expo, marketed as a free event for families of children with mental or physical disabilities.

PosABILITIES will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at Woodstock North High School, 3000 Raffel Road.

“I didn’t do it to benefit one person,” Brokaw said. “[People with disabilities are] one big part of the community that will always be there. ... The whole point of my expo is to show the capabilities and possibilities that people have, and they shouldn’t be overlooked because of what they can or can’t do.”

The fair is the next step for Brokaw to become an Eagle Scout, the highest ranking in the Scouts. He has been involved with Scouting since second grade.

The fair and expo will include more than 40 exhibitors, games, refreshments and entertainment, including a performance by Nino the Magician, Brokaw said.

Some of the participating exhibitors include Canine Companions for Independence, Fishing Has No Boundaries, MainStay Therapeutic Riding Program, Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, and more. 

Brokaw is the son of Diane and Myron Brokaw.

For information, call 815-404-0154.

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