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This is Matt Carter's first time at the Kids Vermont Summer Camp and School Fair. He came with his wife and daughter to learn about the summer programs throughout Vermont.

"There's so many wonderful opportunities here for an interested kid in the summer, for the mind or the body or both," says Carter of Essex Junction.

More than 50 different organizations came out in hopes of finding future campers. This is the annual fair's 17th year.

"February is around the time parents with school age kids start thinking about what their kids are going to do this summer... are they gonna go to camp?" says Cathy Resmer of Kids Vermont.

Hundreds of parents and kids are escaping the winter - and looking forward to summer - by checking out these exhibits.

"I'm really excited because I hardly have stuff to do during the summer, and I finally have a chance to do all sorts of fun things during the summer and meet new people," says Lisa Carter of Essex Junction.

Not only is this a great opportunity for families to pick and choose which summer camp is best for them, it's also a chance for camps to get their names out there.

"Just trying to make connections in our community, make connections with families, and let them know the great opportunities we have for kids that are school age," says Tricia Pawlik of Clubhouse Camp.

There's almost every type of camp you can think of here. From outdoor sports, to arts and crafts, to camps that even help out at-risk youths. "It's really important to intervene with these kids and support them in out-of-school time," says Maggie Standley of Wingspan Studio.

Besides summer camps there are also summer schools at the fair. "We're offering a program with arts and science programs. We're also offering week long classes at Vermont Common," says Sarah Soule of the Vermont Common School.

The Carter's say they can't wait to go home and look through all the different brochures they collected. "I think Lisa is looking forward to having a great summer," says Matt Carter.

Thinking ahead to a great summer after this cold winter.

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