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|Record Numbers Attend Farm Safety Camp
|Organizers had a bit of problem when it came to within a week of Saturday's Farm Safety Camp at the Knox County Fairgrounds.
Pat Hennenfent is the Chairperson for the Farm Safety Four Just Kids Chapter of Knox County. Normally, he says, they're trying to find more kids to sign up the week before camp begins. This year, it was the exact opposite.
But Hennenfent says it's a good problem to have. One-hundred and forty kids, of both city and rural backgrounds, turned out Saturday afternoon. Local farmers, volunteers, and businesses all shared in teaching them what Hennenfent tells WGIL is the underlying message in the camp.
"If they can learn something that can prevent one accident in their life then we've done a tremendous job," he said. "And I know it has because I've had many kids come back and tell me of something they learned at Farm Safety Camp that they did at home-- 'you know I told dad he couldn't do that because'-- and they knew why because he had learned it at Farm Safety Camp."
The kids learned about fire and grain safety, power take-off safety, and emergency preparedness, among others during the free camp.
Hennenfent says teaching them when they're young means they'll remember it for the rest of their lives.
There were seven Hennenfent's in all helping to put on a successful camp Saturday-- six of them went through the camp themselves as kids.
(Local farmer Matt Hennenfent shares his story about being submerged in a grain bin at the age of four).
(Kids gather around for a grain mill demonstration).
(Kevin Engle, Combine Service Manager at Birkey's in Galesburg, teaches kids about power take-off safety).
(A first-aid demonstration at Farm Safety Camp Saturday).
(WGIL Photos and News Story by Kyle Schassburger).
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