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|Farm Safety Camp for Kids Moves to Knox County Fairgrounds
|An annual camp that teaches children all about safety, on the farm and in non-farm scenarios, will be held at a new location when it steps off later this month.
The Farm Safety Camp 4 Just Kids is for children ages 8 to 13. The free event is put on by the Knox County Chapter of the Farm Safety 4 Just Kids Committee, of which Pat Hennenfent of Wataga is a member.
Hennenfent says the camp has been well-attended in the past, usually drawing around 100 children. Hennenfent tells WGIL the location of the camp, which is going on during Galesburg Railroad Days weekend on June 26th, has moved this year.
"Normally, we always have it out at Carl Sandburg College," Hennenfent said. "But, this year, we moved it to the Knox County Fairgrounds. The Fair Board has been tremendous to work with. They've been great to us. We're looking forward to having it in a little different venue. Things are going to be a little different, but I think they will work out fine."
Registration for the camp is from 8:30 to 8:45am on June 26th. The camp itself runs from 9am to 2:45pm. Hennenfent says campers get involved in several sessions throughout the day and participate in activities that reinforce the importance of taking responsibility of their own safety, respecting safety rules and sharing the safety tips they've learned.
Hennenfent says also new this year is a grain bin display that will show how to rescue people caught in grain. He says there will also be an electricity display by Ameren IP.
The campers at the end of the day, around 2:15, will take in a real-life accident scenario that involves several local emergency responders. Hennenfent says the parents of the campers are encouraged to watch it with their children. He says many people have left the demonstration in tears because it's so realistic.
Registration forms for the camp can be downloaded from the Knox County Farm Bureau's website by CLICKING HERE (.doc file).
|06 02 10 by Newsroom
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