PROSPECT — Monica Frohn loves animals.
When she returned home from a two-week Girl Scout camp concentrating on horseback riding in Massachusetts, she told her mother that she wanted to hold a fair to raise money for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
It took time, effort and planning, and this Saturday, Monica, 11, a sixth-grader at Long River Middle School, is hosting FunCity Fair for the ASPCA on the side lawn at Town Hall.
She is putting this all together with support from her family, friends, Mayor Robert Chatfield and Prospect businesses. It will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a rain date of Oct. 1. Admission is a donation of $3 per person, $8 per family. All proceeds go to ASPCA.
“It’s been a wonderful experience,” said her mother, Laura Frohn. “She has done a lot of work and lot of planning.”
Monica said while at camp she and her friends thought of ways to help organizations in the country, and she jokingly thought: Why not have a carnival? She grew more serious about it when she returned home, she said.
She wrote a letter to the mayor, who responded, and they had two meetings to discuss her plan. Monica visited local businesses to spread the word and ask for donations, her mother said.
Chatfield said Monica isn’t shy and asks questions.
“I think someday she will be a future leader,” Chatfield said.
At the fair, residents can bring their own lunch and lawn chairs to listen to a live band called Spider Bite from noon to 3 p.m. People also can participate in games such as ring toss, door prizes or even adopt a dog or cat from Rose Hope Animal Rescue in Waterbury.
“She has been an animal lover since she was born,” Laura Frohn said.
Monica, who is registered as an ambassador with ASPCA, said animals are adorable, and very loyal, loving and compassionate.
She said she is probably most looking forward to the animal adoptions at the fair. The fair is not only about raising money for the animal group, but finding homes for animals in the community, Monica said.
Her goal is to raise $1,000, her mother said. Monica also wants to bring exposure to local animal rescue groups, she said.
“It’s going to be about having fun and raising money for a good cause,” Laura Frohn said.