Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

September 28, 2013

Children’s Health and Safety Fair returns for 6th year

By Amanda Browning Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – The annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair will be returning to the Tree City at the Decatur County Family YMCA for its sixth running.

Gilliland Howe Funeral Home and the YMCA have worked together for several years to provide the annual health and safety fair for area children and their families. In addition to valuable health and safety lessons and demonstrations, the event will be provide fun, food, information and games from everyone who attends.

According to information provided to the Daily News by Leslie Thackery, a coordinator of the event, the Children’s Health and Safety Fair will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature a number of activities for guests. The event, as well as all the entertainment and food will be free of charge. Some vendors may have mementos for sale, but the entire family can enjoy the health and safety fair without spending a penny. There is no cost for vendors or exhibitors either.

The Decatur County Board of Health and Decatur County Memorial Hospital have teamed up to offer 100 free flu shots on a first come, first served basis. The Lion’s Club will be providing vision screenings and Urgent Care will be on hand with blood pressure and sugar level tests.

At 12:30 p.m., any children from age 3 to 12 who would like to participate in the Kids’ Fun Run will be split into age groups on the outdoor track. The distance run for each group will correspond to the ages of the runners. Everyone who takes part in the fun run will receive a participation ribbon.

Pullers for Christ will be hosting a Pedal Tractor Pull at 1 p.m. Boys and girls will pull against each other in three categories. Class one will be for children from 20 to 43 pounds, class two for children from 44 to 57 pounds and class three for children from 58 to 70 pounds. Winners in each class will receive trophies and everyone will take home a participation ribbon.

Gilliland-Howe will be providing a free lunch of chili, hot dogs and drinks to everyone attending. There will also be a number of free giveaways and drawings hosted by Gilliland Howe. In the past, items such as tablets, cameras, televisions, toys and bicycles have been given away to attendees. Normally, anywhere between 25 and 30 gifts are given away, but that number may go down if the purchased gifts cost more than they have in previous years.

Games will be provided during the family-friendly event. Families will be able to enjoy corn hole, drunk goggle games using the goggles that simulate alcohol impairment, a bounce house and several carnival style games. The Decatur County YMCA also encourages everyone to stay after the event for a free family swim in the YMCA indoor pool from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand to provide safety demonstrations and information. Representatives from the Decatur County YMCA should also have lessons and information on water safety available.

The Greensburg Fire Department (GFD) has been teaching fire safety to area schoolchildren, instructing them on safety rules in the event of a fire and teaching them how to safely getting out of a burning house. The GFD will be on-site at the Children’s Health and Safety Fair with the Fire Safety House, an RV-type trailer filled with smoke to simulate a burning home.

Students watch a video that explains how to find an exit in a smoke-filled home. Any children who did not get to experience the Fire Safety House at school are invited to go through during the fair. Children are encouraged to go through with the parents and to instigate a discussion about the family’s escape plan should a fire occur. It is important for every member of the family to know what to do in the event of an emergency.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004