LANCASTER – Parents, children, volunteers and vendors enjoyed a few hours of community involvement during the 2022 Festival Fair Day at the Lancaster Exhibition Center on Saturday despite an early end.
Due to weather, Fair Day events, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., ended around 12:30 p.m. However, Festival volunteer Carrie Woody said the event was still a success and that hundreds of people were able to stop. before the stormy weather.
“Even though the weather is bad now, we still had a great turnout,” Woody said. “I think we’ve dealt with almost 900 tickets, and that’s just adults. It was still a very busy event, even considering the weather.
Adults and children who came to the fairgrounds were able to take part in dozens of activities, including a scavenger hunt, train rides, crafts, musical demonstrations, flute making and more.
Upon entering the fairgrounds, many children immediately stopped at the First Presbyterian Church booth. Offering beaded crafts and a spin-to-win game, the stall attracted children of all ages. The turnout pleasantly surprised Stephanie Loudon, director of family and children’s ministries for the church.
“We had a lot more (people) than I expected, it’s a stable crowd,” Loudon said. “We had lots of happy faces and lots of families who we gave free water to. We also promote… our music and drama camp the first week of August and it has been popular.
The Loudon family have only lived in Lancaster for about a year, while Stephanie Loudon worked the church stall, her daughters Maggie and Emma Loudon said the day of the fair was a fun way to spend time with visiting friends from where they lived. .
Taking advantage of the many events of the Lancaster Festival, Emma Loudon announced her intention to go to the concerts of Billy Currington and Rick Springfield.
“We lived in a small town in Pennsylvania, so they didn’t have any of that,” Emma Loudon said. “I think it’s really cool how (Lancaster) has this whole social interaction thing.”
One of the most visited attractions was Boy Scout Troop 106’s Build a Birdhouse activity. With the help of parents, scout leaders and young scouts, children were encouraged to use hammers and nails , under supervision, to build their own nesting boxes.
Nearly 2,000 pieces of wood were donated by Ohio Amish residents and about 30 pounds of nails were donated to Boy Scout Troop 106 by festival organizers, said Mike Schneider, the troop’s former scout leader. 106.
This year, Schneider estimated that 275 nest boxes were built; in the past, a total of 400 nesting boxes were built. After 10 years of providing the same activity to the community, Schneider said he still enjoys the practicality of making birdhouses.
“It really makes me feel good because you are doing something for the community; you’re doing something for (kids),” Schneider said. “They learn something practical; you don’t see much practice in school anymore and that’s what I like about the Boy Scouts.
Patiently waiting to build their own birdhouses, siblings Eve, 11, Mara, 9, and Declan, 4, Fish, said they had a blast during their time at Fair Day. Meeting friends and making fairy wands were the highlights of the day, but before they left, they hoped to build a birdhouse and ride the bee train.
Theresa Fish, the mother of Eve, Mara and Declan, said she was glad she brought her children to the day of the fair because of all the different outdoor activities on offer.
Theresa Fish wasn’t the only one who thought Fair Day was the perfect Saturday activity for her kids. Samantha O’Neal had brought her son to the fairgrounds just as the storm had started blowing and said she had made an effort to come for all the different activities her son could enjoy.
Although many wished the weather would change before 3 p.m., the majority of vendors packed up their stalls and left, officially ending the event. However, three full hours of family fun and games had resulted in countless kids walking away with crafts and prizes in tow.