Goshen News, Goshen, IN

July 25, 2013

Annual Kids Day at fair shifts focus to health and fitness

By SAM HOUSEHOLDER
THE GOSHEN NEWS

— GOSHEN - Children got their day at the fair Wednesday, during the annual Kids Day, with contests, activities, prizes and ride specials.

Special activities included a pizza dough tossing contest, a dance competition and the frog jumping competition.

According to Kids Day director Diane Wheatley, there was a lot of participation in the activities.

“It’s been a pretty steady flow since nine o’clock,” she said.

“It’s always been a good day for kids, we do a treasure hunt throughout the day where they visit some of these organizations that come out (in the booths),” she said.

According to Wheatley, children doing the treasure hunt had to go booth to booth and complete different tasks or activities and then they were entered into a raffle to win bicycles and other prizes.

Wheatley said that this year the treasure hunt theme was changed up from being safety themed to being fitness-themed.

“One thing we did different this year is for about twenty some years we’ve done a safety treasure hunt but this year we’re working on more of a healthy focus,” she said.

The day is sponsored by CVS Pharmacy and the fitness-focused treasure hunt by Eastlake Athletic Club, Wheatley said.

“Just trying to change things up a little bit,” she said.

Rides were only $1 during the afternoon and wristbands for the “Kiddieland” rides were only $12 in the morning.

A morning dance competition saw children compete for prizes by learning the “Gangnam Style” dance and then performing it to see who could do it best in their age group.

There were also afternoon performances by the Music and Dance Academy of Middlebury, Northridge High School show choir and the 4-H Clown Club.

There were also bouncy ball races, a dodgeball-like game called “GaGa ball” and a watermelon roll.