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Annual Fire Prevention Safety Fair to be hosted in Jasonville Saturday

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Three area fire departments are sponsoring the annual Fire Prevention Safety Fair on Saturday at Hanna Field in Jasonville.

Co-sponsored by the Jasonville Volunteer Fire Department and Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department from Greene County, as well as the Lewis Township Volunteer Fire Department from Clay County, the event will run from 4 to 8 p.m.

"There will be free food, bounce houses, face painting, the escape house, combat challenge for kids, a clown making balloon animals, a coloring contest, equipment display and other booths," according to Kallie Rehmel, one of the organizers from Wright Township Fire Department. "We want to make this a fun night for the kids."

Wright Township's Smoke House will also be in operation to educate the youngsters and adults about fire and storm safety.

The event will feature free food including ham and beans cooked on an open fire by Nolan "Jack" Wilson and family, cornbread, hot dogs, chips, cookies, as well as tea and lemonade.

"Everything is free. That was a stipulation that we told everybody if they wanted to set up a booth to hand stuff out, everything had to be free. They couldn't charge for anything because that is why we do this for a free event for the community."

The event wraps up with a special parade.

"At dark, we will have a light parade of emergency vehicles that will drive through town," Rehmel added.

Rehmel is expecting at least 200-300 people, but says she feels the event will expand as the word spreads.

To help the attendance, the fire departments will visit Shakamak Schools on Friday and hand out coloring contest sheets that includes all of the information about the Safety Fair.

"Every kid from kindergarten through sixth grade will get a paper telling about it. It's just a nice family night. It's something for the families to come and bring their kids," Rehmel explained. "It's a night all about kids and everybody is welcome to come."

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