Families flock to Family Fun Day and Childhood Expo

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:18 am on Monday, April 15, 2013

New to the Family Fun Day event held in Sidney Saturday was the Boy Scout booth that included sailboat races. Kiara Corl, 11, (left) and Kaiden Sparks, 9, of Sheridan, competed at the booth. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling


SIDNEY — Camel rides, sailboat races, face painting and swimming were just some of the events children and families were able to participate in during Saturday’s Family Fun Day and Childhood Expo.

For about 20 years, the fun-filled event has been held to dedicate a day for families to spend together.

“We want to be able to provide a day for families at a low cost,” said Cindy Hill of the We Care For Kids Council of Montcalm County. “(The day) is designed to bring awareness of services offered within the county.”

Family Fun Day and Childhood Expo took place at Montcalm Community College and was sponsored by Drug Free Montcalm and the We Care For Kids Council of Montcalm County.

A healthy lunch was provided to families for 50 cents. According to Hill and Nicole Long, also of We Care For Kids Council of Montcalm County, between 80 to 100 families attended the event during the first two hours (halfway through the event).

Weather played a role in attendance numbers being slightly down from previous years.

Montcalm County Resource Recovery Coordinator Jacob Rytlewski (right) shows Isaiah Dimet, 4, and Dartangnan Dimet, 2, of Carson City, red wiggler worms and explains how they break down waste. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

The events included swimming, arts and crafts, balloons, a play area for the younger children, a trail mix station, a compost site with worms and more.

New this year was a table set up by local Boy Scouts, which included mini sailboat races and a recycling station. Returning this year was the Andersen & Girls Orchards petting zoo from Stanton.

Katelyn Wood, 12, of Stanton, said Saturday was her first time at the family event.

“It’s pretty fun,” she said. “I haven’t done anything like this before.”

Wood was excited to go swimming because she recently received swimming lessons and was able to show off some of her newly learned tricks in the pool.

During the Family Fun Day at Montcalm Community College on Saturday, Katelyn Wood, 12, of Stanton, got her face painted by Amy Buckingham, coalition coordinator for Drug Free Montcalm. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Returning Family Fun Day veterans were the Stander family of Sidney.

“There is a variety of things to do,” said Chris Stander of why her family came to the event.

She said she brings the family back because it is inexpensive, she is able to get information about programs and, each year, the information varies and is different from before.

Heather Adkins of Carson City also brings her children because of the events that are provided.

“It’s fun for the kids,” she said.

Her children, Aiden, 11, and Arija, 7, agreed together that swimming was the best event.

“Swimming was a lot of fun,” Aiden said.

However, Isaiah Dimet, 4, of Carson City, could not wait to get in line for the face painting because he wanted to be creative with his choice.

“I want a dragon on my arm blowing fire,” he said with a smile.

Carson City’s Aiden Adkins, 11, (back) and Arija Adkins, 7, enjoyed the arts and crafts table at the Family Fun Day on Saturday at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

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