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Child's play for a serious cause

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Christy, Mitchell and Raymond Escobosa; Scotty Parker; Jacob Snell and Angela Escobosa gather prior to the fly-in of the Vanderbilt LifeFlight helicopter.
(T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
There was something for everyone at United Way of Bedford County's annual Child Safety Fun Fair, held Saturday at H.V. Griffin Park.

The free event offered fun and educational activities for the kids, but also offered the chance for parents to have their children fingerprinted by trained law enforcement officers, a fly-in by Vanderbilt LifeFlight, and displays of fire trucks and other emergency equipment. Fingerprinting can be invaluable in the event of a child's disappearance.

"I have five kids and I love this event because the kids get to learn more about safety," said Julia Snell of Shelbyville. "They went through a phase where they like to think it was fun to play with fire, so this is good for them to learn about fire safety ... Plus, the kids just get to enjoy themselves."

The beautiful and sunny day provided a great platform for the game, and many children and their parents showed up for the festivities. Several four-legged friends accompanied their human counterparts, too, and many of them were in costume for Jostens' Barktoberfest, which was also held at the park.

Child safety day also featured inflatable attractions, face-painting, games and fun child safety literature. New this year was a Tennessee Highway Patrol rollover simulator.