As the new academic year approaches, Columbus Parent and ThisWeek Community News are helping families prepare with a Back to School Expo.

The free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, along Fenlon Street at Easton Town Center.

The expo, presented by Marburn Academy, will feature 35 exhibitors offering back-to-school resources for preschool to college-age students on topics including education, finance, extracurricular activities, medicine and entertainment.

There also will be a Family Fun Zone with games and activities, a kids' and parents' fashion show from 1 to 2 p.m. and main-stage performances and contests including a karaoke contest, a hockey suit-up contest, Columbus Children's Theatre, a Marburn Academy robotics demonstration, the Westerville Central High School band and cheerleaders, a Girls Scouts science demonstration and more. Attendees also can complete an event passport for a chance to win prizes.