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18th Children’s Fair attracts record crowd

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By Kelly Cantrall

From blue skies to bounce houses, all of the elements came together to create the most successful Children’s Fair to date.

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The largest crowd ever attended the 18th annual Children’s Fair on Saturday at Freeman Lake Park, a free event for families with children ages 1 to 12. Community organizations including Hardin Memorial Health, Elizabethtown Fire Department and American Red Cross provided games and activities for the children.

The event is sponsored by Quicksie, The Wolf and Heart of Kentucky Realtors. Lydia Drexler, a past president of the Realtors association, said the event began as a way to provide some entertainment for children at no cost.

The very first year brought out about 400 kids, she said. But Saturday’s attendance out-did the past 17 years. Children received free balloons at the fair, and the sponsors gave away 500 balloons well before the fair ended.

“We’ve never had this many balloons go,” she said.

The booth provided by Hardin County Schools offered many games for the children, but it also provided information on the district’s preschool program, said Katharine Reynolds, a school psychologist with the district. Reynolds said this was another benefit to parents attending the fair.

“They can get information about all the different things in the community and it’s free,” Reynolds said.

Melissa Jones attended the fair with her daughters and nephews. Jones and her family attend the fair almost every year.

“They have a fun day out here,” she said of the children. A free event can go a long way in helping a family budget, she said.

“If you’ve got two kids, it’s free. Free’s good,” she said.

Kelly Cantrallcan be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.