OTTAWA — Kid’s Day at the Putnam County Fair Tuesday was celebrated with a Firefighter Show that is new this year, a kiddie tractor pull and crowning of Little Mister and Miss Putnam County Fair.
Today is Senior Day and Community Day at the fair.
Jacoby Maag, 5, of Ottawa, son of Matthew and Jennifer Maag was crowned Little Mister Putnam County and Brooklyn Prater, 6, of Columbus Grove, daughter of Michael and Diane Prater was crowned Miss Putnam County.
The 20-minute Firefighter Show that is at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. each day through Saturday is in its 13th year. It is a free show with a paid admission to the fair.
Neil Snyder, of Florida, founded the show with his brother Brian who is a retired fireman from the Traverse City Michigan fire department after 28 years. Snyder takes the show around the U.S. now until November at fairs.
“The kids like to be firefighters so we pick kids to be in the show and they wear fire gear in their size,” Snyder said. Snyder helps the kids demonstrate to the audience how to put out a simulated firefighter scene.
The second point of the show is to educate kids on not hiding inside their home in instances of a fire. There is a competition between four children who are selected from the audience who use a small fire engine equipped with a fire hose, light, a siren, nozzle, fire extinguisher and ax, and use those tools to put out a simulated fire that has a smoke machine. The winning team gets to stand atop a fire tower and spray water from a cannon at the end of the show.
A smoke house that Snyder built is on hand to allow children to crawl through it to practice escaping in instances of a fire.
“We want the kids to know about fire safety because it might save their life,” Snyder said. There also are signs posted around to educate youth on finding a meeting place, crawl low to escape a fire and replace smoke detector batteries and have a working fire extinguisher.
Joey Pester, 9, of Leipsic, watched the show with his mother, Sarah. She said she is glad the fair has an educational component. Pester did a First Aid project at the fair and received honorable mention.
“I want to be a firefighter when I grow up and like to use the hose,” Pester said.
He said it is rewarding when kids who are shy are selected to be in the show and they demonstrate how to put out a fire.
A kiddie tractor pull was in the grandstands where participants up to 12 years received trophies for longest pull time. All participants received ribbons and a certificate for ice cream.
“We want the kids to get the experience of driving the tractors and having fun, ” said Rose Kleman, tractor pull co-chair.
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