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Just kiddin’ around

Kids’ Day brings family fun to the Henry County Fair
Jul 17, 2017
Photo by: Karyn Spory Emery Ledvebettery, 4, blows her grandmother a kiss from atop her gallant steed. Pony rides were one of several free activities for kids to partake in during Kids’ Day on Saturday, July 15, at the Henry County Fair.

By Karyn Spory, Mt. Pleasant News


As four-year-old Emery Ledvebettery and her gallant steed rounded the courner, she smiled and blew a kiss to her grandmother waiting for her.

“We came to watch the calf show,” her grandma Tonya Callis said as Emery dismounted from the pony rides and came to stand by her. “Then Emery wanted to ride the ponies.”

And that’s exactly what they did. In fact, as soon as her feet hit the ground, Emery was ready to saddle up again.

“They’re my favorite,” Emery said of the ponies.

Pony rides were one of the many free activites offered to children during kid’s day at the Henry County Fair on Saturday. The afternoon kicked off with the Price and Princess contest at noon. Nearly two-dozen kids stepped acorss the stage, telling the audince their names as well as their favorite things about the fair. Once all the kiddos had been introduced, Kelsey Smith, the 2013 Iowa State Fair Queen, pulled names out of a crown to select the 2017 Henry County Fair Prince and Princess. The lucky youngsters were five-year-olds Xander Phelps and Mara Hobbs, both of Mt. Pleasant.

After the crowning, the kids made their way to games, which included train rides, an obstacle course and bounce house, to name a few.

Callis said she appreciated the kids day at the fair. “I feel like anything to get the kids and their families together is beneficial for the community,” she said.

Erin Garvey, of New London, couldn’t agree more.

“We love kids day. The kids get to run around and have fun,” she said.

Her son, Liam, 7, showed his first bucket calf at the fair.

“It was fun to show the calf,” Liam said, although he admitted it was a lot of work. “Before you can show it you have to clean it and walk it. I really had to practice walking him.”

Courtney Mullins daughter Kamryn, 3, was a little too small to be showing anything at the fair this year. The family was just out to enjoy the day.

“We wanted to do some fun kids’ activities with Kamryn,” she said. “Anytime we can take advantage of fun, local stuff like this we want to.”

Another hot-spot for kids was the fire truck the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department brought to the fair grounds. During the kids’ day activities, which ran from noon to 4 p.m., kids could hop inside the truck and get an upclose look.

“We were asked by the fair board to bring the truck,’ said firefighter Will Bensmiller.

Bensmiller said allowing kids to tour the truck isn’t just fun, it’s beneficial in case they’re ever in an emergency situation.

“It’s good for the kids,” he said. “They get to know us and know that we’re here to help and that they don’t have to be scared of us.”

Kids’ Day lasted from noon to 4 p.m., on Saturday.

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