More than 400 families came out to 4-H Fair’s Kids Day

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 1:34 pm on Thursday, June 28, 2012

Luke Moore, 5, of Greenville, pets a goat at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair in Montcalm Township during Kids Day Wednesday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — More than 400 families arrived during the first hour of Kids Day at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair on Wednesday.

Kids Day was a three-hour event packed with fun and games for children of all ages.

“It’s awesome, especially with the new (exhibit) building here,” said Kids Day Coordinator Shari Potter of the event.

As of about 11 a.m., an hour into the event, Potter said about 400 families were at Kids Day, most of which had two or three children.

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Children were able to participate in attractions such as the pedal tractor pulls, petting zoo, Michigan Child I.D. Program, martial arts demonstrations, a smoke house, tug of war, water balloon toss and much more.

“It’s all a big hit,” Potter said.

One item that was new this year was a camel ride for children to try. Every year, Potter said they try to do something different. Surveys were handed out to see what else they could bring in the future.
Collin Dorey, 3, of Rockford, participated in Kids Day for the second time. However, it was his first time riding a camel.

“Riding the camel,” said Dorey with a smile of his favorite thing at Kids Day.

Also at the event was a stand for the Parent Coalition of Montcalm County to show families how important little activities with children can be.

Brandy Minikey, parent liaison, said they brought items such as bubbles and sand for children to play with.

“Having a child do something as simple as play with bubbles could increase their motor skills,” Minikey said.

Garrett Waldron, 6, and Zachary Waldron, 8, of Stanton, had fun making bubbles at the stand. The brothers used wands to try to make the biggest bubble. Wednesday was their first time attending the Montcalm County 4-H Fair.

“I liked the tractor pulls,” said Garrett Waldron, for which he won an award.

Zachary Waldron said he enjoyed the games that were offered.

“My favorite game was the bean-bag throwing,” he said.

The Waldron brothers are looking forward the rest of the week as well.

Carnival rides will be open from 3 p.m. to close today and Friday and 2 p.m. to close on Saturday with unlimited rides for $12.

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