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Decatur Celebration Family

Decatur Celebration is Friday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 5. The Family Oasis provides a cool, clean area for nursing mothers and weary adults.

Andrea Gerhard overseas the baby- and family-friendly Family Oasis, near the Christian Music stage on Water Street.

“We are providing a cool and clean area for any nursing mothers who want to nurse in private,” she said.

The area is a small plastic shell similar to a portable bathroom. “But it has never been a potty at all,” Gerhard said. “It is brand new.”

The station is air conditioned and outfitted with a shelf and rocking chair. Other areas at the Oasis include diaper changing stations and shaded seating area for adults and children, complete with coloring books.

“Anyone is welcome to come sit here that is hot or needs a break or some shade,” Gerhard said.

The staff will be on hand to keep all areas clean and sanitized.

“We don’t change diapers for people,” Gerhard said. “But we will help you with what you need.”

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Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR


"Together Decatur" Columnist and Food and Drink Reporter

“Together Decatur” columnist and food and drink reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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