Warren County Youth Leadership, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Children’s Advocacy Center presented another fun and informative day for local families. Many from our community came together Saturday for the 10th annual Kids Funfest and Safety Day held at WCMS, giving folks a fun way to learn about local resources.
“We really want to generate awareness and this event introduces children and their families to those in our community who provide those services,” explained project chair Brandy Wilcher. “We want children not to be afraid to talk to those people when they see them.”
With representatives from local law enforcement, Air Evac, and McMinnville Fire Department, kids had the opportunity to climb aboard fire engines and into the helicopters that landed on the football field. During this time, firefighters and department personnel talked briefly about their job and highlighted safety through fun activities like fingerprinting.
With around 15 booths, kids happily bounced from one interactive presentation to the next. Both Autumn Turner and Evelyn Younglove, whose booths were side-by-side, offered plenty of educational materials for kiddos to take home.
“We always want to get as many books in the hands of kids as possible,” said Turner while handing out free books. “We are always looking for opportunities to sign kids up for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.”
As for local bee keeper Evelyn Younglove, she handed out free honey sticks and coloring sheets. She also described how bees are important for pollination along with the health benefits of local honey.
“It’s got anti-allergens so if you have allergies to local trees and you start taking local honey young enough, you can overcome that allergy,” said Younglove. “It’s an old art that has been around for centuries. We have four hives and we got four gallons of honey last year.”
Other activities included four bounce houses, an assortment of games, and plenty of photo opportunities with mascots like Eddie the Eagle, Stitch the Puppy or characters from Warren Arts’ Wizard of Oz.
“We had a wonderful day with 285 kids that signed in,” said Brandy Wilcher. “We ended up giving away 300 hotdog meals, including a drink, a cookie and chips, as well as 100 T-shirts.”