Hundreds attend fair’s Kids Day program


By Aimee Hancock - ahancock@aimmediamidwest.com



Grant Cleveland, 5, son of Sara and John Cleveland, of Houston, participates in the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Thursday afternoon at the Shelby County Fair.

Grant Cleveland, 5, son of Sara and John Cleveland, of Houston, participates in the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Thursday afternoon at the Shelby County Fair.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Lillian Francis, 4, daughter of Nikki and Brian Francis, of Troy, feeds goats at the Shelby County Fair on Thursday, July 26.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Eli Asbury, 4, son of Mike and Jessie Asbury, of Versailles, enjoying some ice cream at the fair on Thursday, July 26.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Oliver Bensman, 4, son of Randy and Shelia Bensman, of Sidney, pulls 180 pounds across the line to place second in the group during the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Thursday, July 26.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Seth Walls, 6, son of Jenni and Shane Walls, of Sidney, participates in the Kiddie Tractor Pull, Thursday, July 26, at the Shelby County Fair.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Simon Bensman, 3, son of James and Tori Bensman, of Anna participates in the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Thursday afternoon, July 26.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

From left to right, William Brunson, 1, son of Mark and Kelli, of Anna; Wyatt Larger, son of Ted Larger and Sam Hoelscher, of Houston; Colton Bergman, son of Keith and Amy, of Fort Loramie; Meredith Hageman, 13, daughter of Gretchen and Jason, of Sidney; Rayna Kessler, 11, daughter of Crystal Shoe and Eric Kessler, of Sidney; Meranda Evans, 12, daughter of Jenny and Cory, of Sidney; Ariella Dearth, 5, daughter of Sherry and Jeremy, of Sidney, pose with their grand prize bicycles at the Kids Day program on Thursday, July 26.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Carter Glass, 5, son of Natalie and Brad, of Fort Loramie won a baseball bat during the Kids Day raffle drawing.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Eric Garber, of the fair board, handed out prizes during the Kids Day program on Thursday afternoon, July 26.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Hundreds of children and their families attended the Kids Day program in the free entertainment tent on Thursday.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Rayna Kessler, 11, daughter of Crystal Shoe and Eric Kessler, of Sidney, checks out her new bike.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Sam York, 14, son of Mike and Maria York, of Russia claims his prize during the Kids Day raffle.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Sophia Rowles hands out a hula hoop to a winner of the Kids Day raffle on Thursday, July 26. Rowles was representing Wendy’s of Sidney and Anna, which was a sponsor of Kids Day at the Shelby County Fair.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

SIDNEY — Children received free admission to the Shelby County Fair on Thursday, July 26, in celebration of Kids Day.

Hundreds of children and their families filled the free entertainment tent at the fairgrounds for the Kids Day program at noon Thursday.

According to fair board member Tim Everett, this is the 25th year that the program has been held at the fair.

Each child in attendance was given a raffle ticket, which was entered into a drawing to win one of the many prizes presented on the stage. Prizes included jump ropes, hula hoops, water guns, an artificial tattoo set, sidewalk chalk, basketballs, Nerf guns, backyard game sets, fishing games, and Barbies, among other things.

Board member Cathy Platfoot opened the program by addressing the children.

“Mike (Hoelscher) has just informed me Kids Day has been canceled,” she said, jokingly, which elicited a unified groan from the crowd.

Of course, the show went on, and for the next hour, fair board members passed out toys to each raffle winner.

According to member Mitch Brautigam, raffle tickets were given to 292 boys and 260 girls.

Member Mike Hoelscher took to the stage to announce winning raffle numbers, first thanking sponsors for making the 2018 Kids Day possible.

These sponsors included Walmart, Wendy’s of Sidney and Anna, Buckeye Ford, and Firehouse Subs.

The children waited patiently, and some anxiously, in the hopes that their number would be drawn.

Ten-year-old Averi Werling, daughter of Matt and Heather Werling, of Anna, could not hide her enthusiasm when her ticket was drawn. She let out a squeal and ran to the stage to claim her prize, which was a multi-color chalk set.

“I was excited,” she said.

Within the next few minutes, both of Averi’s friends, sitting on either side of her, had their tickets drawn as well.

Jazzy McMillen, 10, daughter of Julie and Scott McMillen, of Sidney, and Reagan Oswalt, 9, daughter of Juli Hamblet and Wes Oswalt, of Sidney, won a hula hoop and a pack of water guns, respectively.

After all of the toy prizes were given out, the raffle tickets were entered again into a drawing for one of eight bicycles. Four girls and four boys received a grand prize bike.

A kiddie tractor pull took place later in the day, as well as nature crafts, the Dino Roar show, and the ninja warrior practice and competition. The truck and tractor pulls were held Thursday evening in the grandstand.

Also on Thursday was a performance by Shelby County Line in the free entertainment tent.

Thursday at the junior fair included the English and versatility horse show, the cloverbud sharing display, general livestock judging contest, the breeding sheep show and pen of two, the meat goat showmanship, the boer crossbreeding show, and the market goat show.

The junior fair livestock sales will be held Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28, at 10 a.m.

Friday’s sale will consist of ducks, chickens, cattle, goats, turkeys, and lambs, and Saturday’s will include rabbits, hogs, and the gallon of milk auction.

Also on Friday, the draft horse show is scheduled for 9 a.m. at gate D, and a beef cookout will take place at 10 a.m. behind the Kend Feeds Arena I. Nature crafts will be held at 3 and 7 p.m. in the Community Foundation Hall, and the Dino Roar show is scheduled for 5, 7, and 9 p.m.

The ninja warrior practice and competition is set to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, next to the gazebo, followed by the pig and calf scramble at 8 p.m., in the grandstand. There is a $2 charge to attend the scramble.

“We’ve got about 100 (kids) signed up for the scramble already,” Everett said. “It’s three to seven year olds, and we release chickens for them to chase around. It’s a fun time.”

The band Karma’s Pawn will finish the night off Friday, playing from 7 to 10 p.m. in the free entertainment tent.

Madison Snider showed the grand champion market gilt at Wednesday’s market gilt show, with Katie Egbert showing the reserve champion.

Megan Argabright showed the grand champion barrow at the market barrow show on Wednesday, and Jacob Fogt showed the reserve champion.

At the meat pen of ducks show, Bailey Althauser was named grand champion and Bethany Althauser was named reserve champion.

The final horse show is set for Friday morning at 9 a.m. Participants will be judged on showmanship, horsemanship, pleasure riding, driving, and roping. Barnyard olympics will take place Friday at 4 p.m. in the Kent Feeds Arena II.

Saturday, July 28, is the last day of the 2018 Shelby County Fair. Events will include the livestock sale in the Kent Feeds Arena I, followed by the dog show at 1 p.m. in the youth building, and finally, the showman of showmen competition at 3 p.m. in the Kent Feeds Arena I.

Grant Cleveland, 5, son of Sara and John Cleveland, of Houston, participates in the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Thursday afternoon at the Shelby County Fair.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_grant-cleveland.jpgGrant Cleveland, 5, son of Sara and John Cleveland, of Houston, participates in the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Thursday afternoon at the Shelby County Fair. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Lillian Francis, 4, daughter of Nikki and Brian Francis, of Troy, feeds goats at the Shelby County Fair on Thursday, July 26.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_kids-day.jpgLillian Francis, 4, daughter of Nikki and Brian Francis, of Troy, feeds goats at the Shelby County Fair on Thursday, July 26. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Eli Asbury, 4, son of Mike and Jessie Asbury, of Versailles, enjoying some ice cream at the fair on Thursday, July 26.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_kids-day2.jpgEli Asbury, 4, son of Mike and Jessie Asbury, of Versailles, enjoying some ice cream at the fair on Thursday, July 26. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Oliver Bensman, 4, son of Randy and Shelia Bensman, of Sidney, pulls 180 pounds across the line to place second in the group during the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Thursday, July 26.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_oliver.jpgOliver Bensman, 4, son of Randy and Shelia Bensman, of Sidney, pulls 180 pounds across the line to place second in the group during the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Thursday, July 26. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Seth Walls, 6, son of Jenni and Shane Walls, of Sidney, participates in the Kiddie Tractor Pull, Thursday, July 26, at the Shelby County Fair.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_seth-walls.jpgSeth Walls, 6, son of Jenni and Shane Walls, of Sidney, participates in the Kiddie Tractor Pull, Thursday, July 26, at the Shelby County Fair. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Simon Bensman, 3, son of James and Tori Bensman, of Anna participates in the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Thursday afternoon, July 26.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_simon-bensman.jpgSimon Bensman, 3, son of James and Tori Bensman, of Anna participates in the Kiddie Tractor Pull on Thursday afternoon, July 26. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

From left to right, William Brunson, 1, son of Mark and Kelli, of Anna; Wyatt Larger, son of Ted Larger and Sam Hoelscher, of Houston; Colton Bergman, son of Keith and Amy, of Fort Loramie; Meredith Hageman, 13, daughter of Gretchen and Jason, of Sidney; Rayna Kessler, 11, daughter of Crystal Shoe and Eric Kessler, of Sidney; Meranda Evans, 12, daughter of Jenny and Cory, of Sidney; Ariella Dearth, 5, daughter of Sherry and Jeremy, of Sidney, pose with their grand prize bicycles at the Kids Day program on Thursday, July 26.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_bike-winners.jpgFrom left to right, William Brunson, 1, son of Mark and Kelli, of Anna; Wyatt Larger, son of Ted Larger and Sam Hoelscher, of Houston; Colton Bergman, son of Keith and Amy, of Fort Loramie; Meredith Hageman, 13, daughter of Gretchen and Jason, of Sidney; Rayna Kessler, 11, daughter of Crystal Shoe and Eric Kessler, of Sidney; Meranda Evans, 12, daughter of Jenny and Cory, of Sidney; Ariella Dearth, 5, daughter of Sherry and Jeremy, of Sidney, pose with their grand prize bicycles at the Kids Day program on Thursday, July 26. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Carter Glass, 5, son of Natalie and Brad, of Fort Loramie won a baseball bat during the Kids Day raffle drawing.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_carter-glass.jpgCarter Glass, 5, son of Natalie and Brad, of Fort Loramie won a baseball bat during the Kids Day raffle drawing. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Eric Garber, of the fair board, handed out prizes during the Kids Day program on Thursday afternoon, July 26.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_eric-garber.jpgEric Garber, of the fair board, handed out prizes during the Kids Day program on Thursday afternoon, July 26. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Hundreds of children and their families attended the Kids Day program in the free entertainment tent on Thursday.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_kidsday.jpgHundreds of children and their families attended the Kids Day program in the free entertainment tent on Thursday. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Rayna Kessler, 11, daughter of Crystal Shoe and Eric Kessler, of Sidney, checks out her new bike.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_rayna-kessler.jpgRayna Kessler, 11, daughter of Crystal Shoe and Eric Kessler, of Sidney, checks out her new bike. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Sam York, 14, son of Mike and Maria York, of Russia claims his prize during the Kids Day raffle.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_sam-york.jpgSam York, 14, son of Mike and Maria York, of Russia claims his prize during the Kids Day raffle. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Sophia Rowles hands out a hula hoop to a winner of the Kids Day raffle on Thursday, July 26. Rowles was representing Wendy’s of Sidney and Anna, which was a sponsor of Kids Day at the Shelby County Fair.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/07/web1_sophia-rowles.jpgSophia Rowles hands out a hula hoop to a winner of the Kids Day raffle on Thursday, July 26. Rowles was representing Wendy’s of Sidney and Anna, which was a sponsor of Kids Day at the Shelby County Fair. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

By Aimee Hancock

ahancock@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach the writer at 937-538-4825.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4825.