LIMA — Trucks and tractors will take center stage for two new fair events meant to bridge the gap between the general public and the people who use them every day.
The first of the two events — Safety Day — showcases the vehicles used by first responders. Fair Board Vice President Dan Kimmet said he got the idea from attending another fair, and he decided to bring an enhanced version to Allen County.
Right now, he has involved multiple fire departments, police departments and the Allen County Emergency Management Agency to dedicate a few of their vehicles to a large demonstration located in the infield.
“It’s sort of a hands-on thing to make people feel that the fire department and police department are their friends. That they are there to help them,” Kimmet said.
Highlights of the planned event include fly-ins from helicopters and multiple demonstrations of the “watermelon drop,” or a presentation illustrating the dangers of a car crash.
Not far away from safety day, fair organizers are also planning Dream Day, which gives fairgoers a chance to drive a large tractor around a predetermined route.
Like Kimmet, Allen County Farm Bureau Board President Jim Hefner said local county farm bureaus have already held similar events at other nearby fairs, and he figured he would bring the event to Allen County.
“When kids are out and about in the country, they see the tractors in the field. Maybe they want to know what’s it’s like to be in one,” Hefner said.
Multiple tractors will be available for the event provided by dealers from across the county. No implements will be attached to the tractor while operated by fairgoers, and each ride will be attended by a co-pilot watching over the proceedings inside the cab.
“Sunday is a big family day,” Kimmet said. “We’re just trying to give them a little something extra.”
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