LIMA — Sunday was Safety Day at the Allen County Fair.
The event held southeast of the race track had to be moved from the grandstand infield due to heavy rains that soaked the fairgrounds early Sunday.
“It’s just a normal fair,” said Dan Kimmet, Fair Board vice president. “When it rains, when it pours. You’ve got to adapt and adjust. We didn’t want to cancel it.”
Think of Safety Day like National Night Out 2.0.
“We had a lot of people interested in being a part of this day. We have two Lifeflight air ambulances that made it and we have the bomb unit, hazmat unit, a lot of rescue units and fire trucks from throughout the county, a lot of local law enforcement, state patrol, sheriff’s, a lot of the local PD’s are here to be a part of it,” said Kimmet.
“We came out here to support the fairgrounds. We brought out the Allen County Regional Bomb Squad as well and brought out some of their equipment and we did a couple of demonstrations to show how the equipment works and how our technicians can render some devices safe,” said Tom Berger, Allen County Emergency Management Agency director.
Safety Day gives area first responders a chance to reach out into the community.
“I just think it’s real important that the community can come out and see what Allen County has to offer and everything they have from the helicopters, the Lifeflight, the EMT’s, the heavy rescues. It’s just not the sheriff’s office here,” said Matt Treglia, Allen County Sheriff.
“The community outreach is great. When people can see what we do and how we do it and the important role that we play in the community,” said Berger.
“We’re here to just let people know that the first responders are their friends and when they need them they’re there and what we wanted to do is show off a little bit of what they can do for them if something happens,” said Kimmet.
Another event going on Sunday at the racetrack was Kids Dream Day where a young person could get up into the cab of a tractor and drive it.
“They get to drive around the track with a farmer and see what a day is like in the tractor. They actually get to feel what the tractor feels like and then they can hear the stories from a local farmer,” said Jessica Vandenbroek, organization director for Allen, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert County Farm Bureaus.
Monday is Youth Day at the fair.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.