Kids Day Expo participants enjoy activities at Montcalm County 4-H Fair
By Meghan Nelson | on July 01, 2017
MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — Heat and humidity couldn’t stop families from making a trip to Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds to enjoy Friday’s Kids Day Expo.
Inside the cool air conditioning of the Ash Building, children could choose from a variety of games and activities hosted by organizations such as Flat River Academy, Michigan State University (MSU), Montcalm Community College (MCC), United Way, Early On Michigan and others.
MSU and MCC officials worked together to host a seed planting station, which allowed children to take up a sunflower seed they planted.
“It’s going well. We’re rolling,” said MSU Regional Program Coordinator Merry Kim Meyers. “We have them planting seeds for success. They idea is they’re planting something, which ties into our (agriculture and natural resources) program.”
LaDonna Adams decided to take her grandchildren and nieces to enjoy the fair and family time.
“We just got started and have played a few games,” Adams said. “It’s a good way to spend time with them.”
The face painting station was a hot spot for Kids Day goers with the line wrapped around other vendor’s stations.
Anna Orange, 11, of Greenville, wanted an orange painted on her right cheek to match her last name, while Carman Jones, 11, of Belding, wanted a wanted a slice of watermelon.
“My favorite part was getting my face painted,” Carman said. “I chose a watermelon because they’re so yummy.”
“We enjoy this event, it’s really nice for the kids,” said Carman’s mother Heather Jones. “We’re going to spend some time inside and then go out and do some rides.”
Outside on the fairgrounds, children had the opportunity to walk around and see the animals or Montcalm Township fire trucks and firefighters, as well as a smoke house.
“It’s going well,” Montcalm Fire Chief Clif Dickinson said. “We’re showing the kids a lot of different things.”
Spectrum Health sponsored the 4-H Fair Kids Day Expo and gave everyone a bag to carry their prizes, plus the opportunity to meet Cain, one of Spectrum Health’s security dogs.
“In order to achieve our mission of improving the health of the communities we serve, it is important to interact with our community outside of the hospital setting,” said Jill Plate, communications manager with Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals. “We were honored to be the sponsor of Kids Day again this year and interact with hundreds of kids and families from the area. Everyone seemed to have a great time interacting with Cain, the Spectrum Health security dog, and Cain enjoyed putting smiles on all the kid’s faces.”