Youth Day at the Steuben County Fair is a lot more than just discounted ride wrist bands.
On Wednesday, Aug. 13, Youth Day will also focus on the health, safety and welfare of area children thanks to the Sheriff's Department, as well as the Bath Kiwanis.
BATH | Youth Day at the Steuben County Fair is a lot more than just discounted ride wrist bands.
On Wednesday, Aug. 13, Youth Day will also focus on the health, safety and welfare of area children thanks to the Sheriff’s Department, as well as the Bath Kiwanis.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Kiwanis will sponsor the Children ID Program at the Sheriff’s Tent. While supplies last, the Bike Helmet Giveaway will also take part at the Sheriff’s Tent – setting the table for the bicycle drawings, which will begin at 4 p.m. at the grandstand.
“Between the Child Safe IDs and the helmet giveaway – we’re slammed from when we open until we shut down,” said Deputy Mike Ramirez.
Last year, roughly 350 bicycle helmets were handed out, according to Ramirez, who’s expecting more big numbers this year, as well.
“We not only get kids, but sometimes grandparents who want helmets for their grandchildren when they visit – and even some grown-ups will show up,” Ramirez said.
Ramirez also said that in addition to the helmets, there are coloring books and crayons, as well as bike safety information available.
“We bring that stuff to keep the kids entertained,” he said.
Joining the helmet effort is the Bath Kiwanis, which donates money each year for the purchase of helmets for the fair giveaway.
“It’s been the Kiwanis mission and foundation to give back to the community,” said Judith Schuck, a member of the Kiwanis. “This event has a huge safety theme – to prevent traumatic head injury. We like to do this event in conjunction with Youth Day.
“I’m surprised how many children don’t wear helmets when they ride a bike.”
According to Schuck, the event is always popular.
“The kids are very excited to get the helmets. They really are,” Schuck said. “They don’t need to be dragged kicking and screaming – they’re very eager to get a helmet.”
“A lot of the kids register for the bike giveaway while they get their helmets,” Schuck added.
According to Ramirez, everyone who receives a helmet will be properly fitted at the fair and shown the proper way to wear it. He added that each helmet has extra padding so it should be good for more than one year.
Another popular part of Youth Day is the Operation Safe Child booth, also located at the Sheriff’s tent. Parents and guardians can get their children photographed and fingerprinted.
According to Kim Clark, the Operation Safe Child Coordinator, more than 300 children are expected to visit the Child ID Program on Wednesday. Children up to the age of 18 are encouraged to participate.
Each identification card will contain the child’s photograph, name, biographical information, as well as a fingerprint image of both index fingers. In the event that a child becomes missing, the information about the child can be presented to law enforcement officials to speed up the investigation.
The latest digital fingerprinting technology, along with high-resolution photography is used.
A nice feature of the program is that the Safe Child Cards can be updated as the children grow.
“If you come see us, then go to the state fair at the end of the month – it will show your activity as they age. You are given your card right on the spot,” Clark said. “We were the 42nd county to have this program.”
The 195th Steuben County Fair starts Aug. 11 and continues through Aug. 17.