MIAMI COUNTY — The fairgrounds were full of spectators from all walks — and in some cases, strollers — of life.
Kids Day at the Miami County Fair was definitely no exception.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, youngsters had opportunities to participate in fun activities with local organizations, including racing through a straw maze, building their own creations with Home Depot and meeting an Eastern Box Turtle that came out for the day with the Brukner Nature Center Animal Ambassadors.
Other exhibitors were the Ohio State University extension office, WACO Air Museum, the Troy Fire Department Smokehouse, Miami County Sheriff’s Department, Miami County Park District and Miami County Soil and Water.
Daniel Stine, inspector with the Troy Fire Department, was helping to man the Fire Safety House, an inflatable house that a group of children would go through at a time.
“We’re trying to teach the kids safety, how to get out of their house and how to call 911,” he said.
The children in the Fire Safety House learned safety tips and techniques and how smoke detectors worked. When the smoke rose in the fire house, the kids then properly evacuated by sliding down the slide from the front window.
“A lot of them go through two or three times because they love jumping out the window,” Stine said. “They have a ball, and we keep it fun and informative at the same time.”
Linda Holt and her husband Dan brought their grandchildren, three-year-old Ian and two-year-old Erin, who got crafty with the Miami County Parks District.
Holt said that her family is from Miami County. This is the first time their grandkids had been to the fair, and the four of them were having fun.
“We visited the Brukner Nature Center tent and we got to see a box turtle and some animal skeletons,” she said. “We went to the Miami County Parks tent, where we made some butterflies.”
Kayla Otis brought her children, six-year-old Rhiann and twins Kinlee and Cohen, age two-and-a-half, to Kids Day.
She shared that Rhiann built a rocket with the WACO Learning Center and a wooden heart at the Home Depot booth, and all three kids got to learn about fire safety with the Fire Safety House.
“I had the most fun at the fire house,” Rhiann said. “I liked jumping through the windows.”
Otis and her children spent the rest of the day on the rides.
Annie Shoemaker came to the fair with her husband, their three sons and daughter, as well as her sister and her sister’s baby. Her sons enjoyed the sheriff’s car and the straw maze, and after Kids Day the family decided to do the kiddie tractor pulls.
The free lunch for those at Kids Day was prepared and served by Troy Kiwanis and included apples, juices, hot dogs and milk provided by Reiter Dairy, which was a first for Kids Day.
This year’s Kids Day sponsors were Scott Family McDonald’s, Troy Elevator, Buckeye Insurance, BD Transportation, Kiwanis of Troy and Reiter Dairy.
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